TMZ Charles Oakley is learning the hard way … if you try to cheat a Vegas casino, you’ll end up behind bars. TMZ Sports has learned … the ex-NBA star was arrested at the Cosmopolitan on July 8 after allegedly trying to pull a fast one during a gambling session — and it was all caught on video. Officials from the Nevada Gaming Board tell us Oakley “was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known.” Unclear what game he was playing at the time — but one source with knowledge of the incident says Oak tried to pull back a $100 chip after he realized he was going to lose. FYI, Oakley reportedly made more than $46 mil during his NBA career. Oak was confronted about the incident — and it was kicked over to a security team which reviewed the casino video footage … confirming the alleged cheating. The 54-year-old was taken into custody at 5:30 PM and booked into Clark County Detention Center. Oak’s gambling charge is serious business — “to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment.” He faces between 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted. A source close to Oakley tells us, “This is an insignificant matter that will be quickly resolved.”
My favorite basketball player of all-time is probably Charles Oakley, in my opinion the toughest man in NBA history, but he got into some trouble in Las Vegas which could turn out to be very serious. Oakley was arrested at The Cosmopolitan, because after it became apparent that he was about to lose a bet, he tried to sneak an $100 chip out of his wager. Oakley, who is now a coach in The Big3, was caught on camera by casino security and arrested on the spot. These charges are serious, Oakley could face one to three years in prison if convicted of committing a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, but a source close to Oakley stated “this is an insignificant matter that will be quickly resolved.”
Side note, if you didn’t listen to Oakley’s interview on The Bill Simmons Podcast from June 7th go do it right now, one of the best interviews you’ll ever here from the biggest NBA badass ever.