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Sunday, May 15, 2011
Former NBA Player Suing Las Vegas Resort
Charles Oakley is a former NBA power forward. He has played for Chicago, New York, Toronto, Washington, and Houston. Dude is 6 foot 9, 245 pounds, so I was a little surprised to hear he was involved in a "gang style beat down" with some security guards. According to reports, Oakley was an invited guest at Aria's VIP pool area on May 28, 2010. The problem started when he left the area and tried to re-enter the pool area and was stopped by security guards and other staff.
Oakley was trying to return to his room after a verbal altercation with officers when he claims that he was assaulted by them in a secluded area of the resort according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court. Oakley alleges that officers wrestled him to the ground and punched and handcuffed him and that he was taken to the hospital with neck, back, head, and wrist injuries, all or some of which may be permanent and disabling.
The former NBA star and current assistant coach of the Charlotte Bobcats alleges negligence, assault, assault with excessive force, battery, false imprisonment, and defamation. The damages he's seeking were unspecified.
Now as a resident of Las Vegas and as someone who literally hangs out at the Aria with friends, you may say oh he's being biased but I assure I will be fair. Look, Aria is a huge place, the whole complex is enormous and any resort or building as big as the Aria is going to have secluded areas. Now we've all heard about the "dark rooms" you know, the special places where there are no cameras rolling and it's just your word against the other guy's.
I have never seen such a room so I don't know if it's true but the rumors are out there so who knows. What I do know is that the things Oakley alleges sound like the movie "Casino" where Robert DeNiro ran the place with an iron fist. They may not have offered Oakley the "hammer and the money or walk away empty handed but healthy" but sounds like they did everything else to him, allegedly.
Look, I don't go by the pool area and all that, I'm just interested in the sports betting area and the free drinks errrrr uhhh I mean reduced drinks lol Shout out to Teagan, hey she invites us we're not paying lol Oak is bringing some serious charges against Aria, negligence, battery, assault, false imprisonment? I'm trying to reserve judgement but security guards do take their jobs a little too seriously. It's like my boy Floyd Mayweather catching grief on his own street because some dork errrrr I mean guard didn't like the way he parked his cars...on his property by the way! Another day in paradise Floyd.
So I'll follow this one closely to see if Oak has a good case, I think he does I mean look at the charges, Tony Soprano thinks the guards were excessive. And remember he was an invited guest! Come on Aria, you can't go beating down your guest allegedly. MGM Resorts International, the company that owns and operates Aria isn't talking so I don't know their side yet, I just hope Teag's doesn't read this lol My blog, my opinions still I go to Aria to relax not to get beat down allegedly...I just hope they comment soon because it doesn't look good.