Charles Oakley arrested in Las Vegas for alleged gambling fraud

Charles Oakley arrested in Las Vegas for alleged gambling fraud

In a statement to the news outlet, the Nevada Gaming Board said the 54-year-old Oakley is "suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known".

According to TMZ, the former Knicks star was arrested at the Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas on Sunday after he allegedly tried to pull back a $100 chip when he realized he was going to lose his bet. After they reviewed the footage, Oakley reportedly was booked at Clark County Detention Center.

Oak's gambling charge is serious business - "to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment".

Security at the Cosmopolitan stopped Oakley, with the incident being recorded.

Oakley started his career with the Chicago Bulls in 1985, but really made his name during a decade-long stint with the New York Knicks. If convicted he could face up to six years in prison.

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The Knicks have been one of the worst National Basketball Association franchises of the last 15 years and Oakley's criticisms of the team and management has led to a strained relationship with the organization.

In 2017, Oakley was thrown out of the Garden after an altercation. Following that arrest, he was charged with misdemeanor assault and trespassing and subsequently had the charges dropped when he agreed to a plea deal.

The incident came two days after Oakley coached the Killer 3's in a 51-49 loss to the 3 Headed Monsters at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

It was not clear what game Oakley was playing at the time.

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