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Report: Oakley Avoids Jail Time In Casino Cheating Case

August 08, 2018 - 1:18 pm
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By WFAN.com

Knicks great Charles Oakley has avoided jail time after being accused of cheating at a Las Vegas casino, according to multiple reports.

Oakley, 54, was charged last month with committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, a felony that carries up to six years in prison. 

TMZ reported that Oakley allegedly tried to pull back a $100 chip when he realized he was going to lose his bet at the Cosmopolitan casino. He also allegedly added chips to winning hands of Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em, the site reported.

Oakley has pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, multiple reports said. According to TMZ, he will pay a $1,000 fine.  

"Mr. Oakley has pled no contest to the simple misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct which fully resolves this situation," Oakley's attorneys said in a statement, according to TMZ. "He appreciates the professionalism of the District Attorney and the Cosmopolitan in resolving this event."

It was the second high-profile arrest for Oakley in the past year and a half.

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In February 2017, he was arrested for getting into a melee with Madison Square Garden security guards who were trying to forcibly remove him from the stands at a Knicks game. The Knicks said Oakley had been engaging in "abusive behavior," but Oakley argued he was targeted because of his public criticism of Knicks owner James Dolan.

Oakley accepted a deal with prosecutors that eventually dismissed misdemeanor assault and trespass charges against him after he stayed out of trouble for six months. He has since filed a lawsuit against Dolan and MSG alleging he was a victim of assault, battery, false imprisonment and slander. 

Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988 until 1998, helping them reach the 1994 NBA Finals alongside Patrick Ewing, John Starks, the late Anthony Mason and coach Pat Riley.