Basketball: NBA legend Charles Oakley arrested, Las Vegas gambling cheat

Charles Oakley

Former NBA power forward Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after allegedly being caught on camera cheating inside the casino.

The TMZ.com website reported that Oakley had sought to withdraw a $100 betting chip from a table after it appeared he was going to lose. Security footage supposedly backed up the claim, and the former Knicks star was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

He was arrested and charged with committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment.

However, according to TMZ, Oakley's reps say, "This is an insignificant matter that will be quickly resolved".

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. He faces between 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted.

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Oakley was recently cleared of misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a scuffle with Madison Square Garden security guards previous year in which he was violently ejected from the stadium during a game.

Oakley now is the head coach of the Killer 3's in Ice Cube's BIG3 League.

Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988-98, helping them reach the NBA Finals.

Oakley was arrested on three counts of assault for his fight with the security guards and another for criminal trespassing.

Oakley and prosecutors had agreed to a deal last August that the charges would be erased if Oakley stayed out of trouble for six months.

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