Former New York Knicks power forward Charles Oakley was arrested in Las Vegas Sunday on charges of attempting to defraud a gaming establishment.
According to an ESPN report, Oakley, 54, was arrested by Nevada Gaming Control Board Enforcement Agents at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after he was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known. Details of the incident have not been released, but sources allege that Oakley tried to take back a $100 chip when he realized he was going to lose.
The violation is reportedly considered a Class B felony punishable by a sentence of 1-6 years in a state prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.
Oakley’s New York-based attorney, Alex Spiro, downplayed the significance of the incident.
“This is not a significant matter and we expect it to be resolved quickly,”Spiro said.
The arrest is Oakley’s second brush with the law in just over a year. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and trespassing stemming from an incident in February of 2017 in which he was forcibly removed from Madison Square Garden following a verbal altercation with Knicks owner James Dolan.
Oakley played 19 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets, but most he was most notably an instrumental part of the New York Knicks roster from 1988-1998.