Former NBA star busted for cheating at Vegas casino
Former NBA star Charles Oakley tried to use the speed and agility that made him famous on the basketball court to pull a fast one at a Vegas casino. Unfortunately, he wasn't quite fast enough, and he was busted for attempting to cheat, leading to a technical foul and his arrest.
The game of choice wasn't identified, but Oakley apparently tried to pull back a $100 chip that he had laid out on a game while playing at the Cosmopolitan on July 8. Presumably, he realized that he was going to lose the game, and thought no one would notice the move. He was wrong.
The 54-year-old Oakley, who made over $46 million dribbling and rebounding for several NBA teams, was confronted over the action at the table. The security team got involved, reviewed the footage and had him arrested after confirming the incident. He was booked into Clark County Detention Center and charged with "[committing or attempting to commit] a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment." If he is found guilty, Oakley could face from one to six years in the lockup.
During his career, Oakley played for the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks, the Toronto Raptors, the Washington Wizards and the Houston Rockets. He served as the assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats from 2010-2011, and last year was selected to coach and play for the "Killer 3's," part of a new 3-on-3 basketball league called the BIG3.