Former New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley and the Aria Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas are battling it out in court. Oakley claims the hotel guards beat him in May 2010 when he tried to enter a VIP area. However, MGM Resorts International casino and several of its employees are counter-suing Oakley because they say he started the fight and avoided being arrested because of his celebrity status. Now Oakley’s attorneys are saying their client never committed the crime.
Oakley, who is an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, claims he is dealing with health problems because of the assault. He missed the final 13 games of last season due to back pains, and is now deciding whether or not to undergo surgery.
According to Oakley’s defense, he was hanging out with friends in a VIP pool area when he left. When trying to return to the party, Oakley was stopped by the guards and thus began an argument. As he returned to his room, Oakley claims the guards beat him “gang style.”
Those representing Aria argued that Oakley would not leave the pool at the end of the day, and that he became upset when the guards would not let women in. Consequently, Oakley began to shove the guards who were then forced to restrain him
Charles Oakley spent ten seasons with the Knicks and was the anchor to their high-potent defense.