Former NBA player Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday after allegedly committing a fraudulent act during a game of blackjack at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, according to the state Gaming Control Board.
Oakley, who played for six NBA teams, including a 10-year stretch with the New York Knicks, was caught by resort surveillance cameras changing his $100 bet on a table game after it was clear he would lose his bet. As first reported by TMZ Sports, Oakley was reportedly shown pulling a chip back off its mark at an unspecified game.
After hotel security reviewed security video, Oakley was arrested by Control Board enforcement agents. Michael Lawton, the board’s senior research analyst, issued a report Thursday describing the arrest as being for “committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. Mr. Oakley was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known.”
Oakley was booked into Clark County Detention Center at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.