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NBA Assistant Coach Sues Vegas Casino Over Brawl

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA’s Charles Oakley says his celebrity status has nothing to do with him not getting arrested after a brawl at a Las Vegas Strip casino last year.

Oakley is suing the Aria hotel-casino and its security guards because he claims the guards beat him in May 2010 when he tried to enter a VIP pool area.

The MGM Resorts International casino and several of its employees countersued Oakley last month, saying he started the tussle but avoided criminal charges because he’s famous.

Oakley’s lawyers countered in a court filing Friday that the retired basketball player didn’t commit a crime.

Oakley is an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.

He has said he might not be able to keep his job because of health problems caused during the Aria assault.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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