May 15, 2011, 8:42 AM EST
There was a time when Charles Oakley was the enforcer. When he was Michael Jordan’s on-court bodyguard.
But now the former Bull and Knick, and current Bobcats assistant coach, is suing a Las Vegas resort over an alleged beating by security guards last year.
Oakley has filed a lawsuit against the Aria hotel at MGM Resorts International’s CityCenter complex, according to the Associated Press (via the Las Vegas Sun). He had been there as part of Michael Jordan’s annual international golf charity fundraising event, which Aria had hosted back in 2010 (before he was working for the Bobcats).
Oakley was an invited guest at Aria’s VIP pool area May 28 when he left the area, the complaint says, but security officers and staff prevented him from re-entering.
After a “verbal altercation” with officers, Oakley attempted to return to his room when he was “assaulted” by them in a secluded area of the resort, the lawsuit alleges.
The complaint contends the officers wrestled Oakley to the ground and punched and handcuffed him, and that he was taken to the hospital with injuries to his neck, back, head and wrist, “all or some of which may be permanent and disabling
As is standard procedure when sued, the hotel declined to comment.
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