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July 15, 2011

Bobcats' Oakley counter-sued

The aftermath of a May 2010 scuffle, involving Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Charles Oakley, became even more complicated this week when security guards filed a counter-suit.

Oakley, who coached Bobcats big men much of last season, missed the last dozen or so games due to severe back problems. He has since had one operation and a second procedure is planned, according to head coach Paul Silas.

Oakley contends those injuries resulted from a beating he received from security guards at a luxury swimming pool in Las Vegas. He sued those guards and the guards have now counter-sued, contending Oakley incited the incident.

According to a Las Vegas business website:

http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2011/jul/11/las-vegas-casino-guards-counter-sue-nbas-charles-o/

The guards say Oakley became agitated around closing time for the pool, and started the altercation. Oakley has said repeatedly that he was attacked by the guards in a "beat-down'' style.

Reportedly, Boston Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal was among the witnesses to whatever happened that day at and around the pool.

I don't pretend to know Oakley well, but in the four months he coached here last season, he was certainly a gentleman with the media -- cooperative and articulate. And, considering he had no previous coaching experience, he was really good with Bobcats' big men. It would be a shame if these injuries keep him from coaching again, because the guy definitely helped.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 15, 2011 at 04:25 PM | Permalink

Comments

hes a thug, always been a thug, always will be a thug. is it really a surprise to anyone that oakley started the whole altercation with the security team (guys just doing their job) when they rightfully asked him to leave a pool area when it was closing time? the only thing missing from this story is the part where oakley asked the security members if they knew who he was.

Posted by: thevoice | Jul 15, 2011 8:09:46 PM

Rick please remove the comment by thevoice. We let him out in the front recreation for some exercise and he escaped the compound. I apologize the the inconvenience.

Posted by: Pineville Psychiatric Institute | Jul 15, 2011 9:55:40 PM

When this story first came out I stated that, as a long time LV visitor and someone very familiar with Aria and other MGM/Mirage properties, I seriously doubted the security guards assualted Oakley for no reason. That town goes out of their way to take care of celebrities. I was abused for my comments with all the Oakey apologists in Charlotte. Now the truth comes out. Read the full article in the link and get a better appreciation of Oakley's previous actions and what led up to this incident. I hope he is fired from the Bobcats, can't get another job in basketball and losses the counter-suit. Guy things he is above the law and about time he is brought down to size!

Posted by: TheeBrain | Jul 15, 2011 10:04:08 PM

He needs to resign or get fired. Regardless of who is exactly correct in their account of the incident, he is obviously a person that attracts trouble. MJ shouldn't want that in his organization, especially from a coach that is supposed to mentor our young players.

Posted by: JCB | Jul 16, 2011 12:37:26 AM

i have a hard time believing the guy that has multiple altercations in vegas. i've acted an absolute fool in vegas and never had a problem with security and i don't have half the money oak does (or should) nor the ability to introduce myself as an nba player (current or former) that most men who were born 1988 or prior know who he is.

then again that title can often come with a price. i have seen that side of it also. haters come by the millions.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 16, 2011 5:06:07 PM

I join TheBrain in suggesting that all Bobcats' fans with an interest in this issue read the full account of it in VegasInc (linked above).
It seems to me that the guards' story - given the context and also Oak's background - has more credibility. My first question after Oak sued them was: how come a multi-millionaire and celebrity puts up with a gang style beating by some humble employees, and doesn't sue them for a full year? Now, when they counter-sue, they make it clear why THEY were not the first to sue him for assault: they were put under pressure, due to his status as a celebrity, which also shielded him from arrest at that at time (and in several other violent incidents). Actually, there are two separate lawsuits filed by five employees against Oakley now, based on that incident.

Anyway, neither those who mistrust Oak (including me), nor his fans have been there, to witness what actually happened. Let the court rule. If they don't find him at fault, so be it. But if the court's findings are in the Vegas workers' favor, then clearly, Mr. Enforcer has no place in this franchise, or anywhere else in the NBA (regardless of how his back is healing, or of his lofty FoM status - or even, regardless of how useful he can be in coaching big men; he's not irreplaceable).

Posted by: Sandy | Jul 17, 2011 1:24:57 AM

Steve smith can stay. Oak can stay. Beating people up because you can is awesome. Except when you get sued.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 17, 2011 10:03:37 PM

damn oak!

Posted by: bob johnson | Jul 19, 2011 3:49:11 PM

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