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Oakley charged with battery in Atlanta


ESPN SportsZone news services

ATLANTA -- Charles Oakley, now of the Toronto Raptors, has been charged with battery for allegedly striking a woman in the face at an Atlanta waffle house early Tuesday morning, according to Atlanta police.

A woman alledged to police on the scene that Oakley made sexual remarks to her and struck her on the face several times. Police on the scene observed that the left side of the women's face was swollen.

Oakley was not present when police arrived but later was found and given a copy of the charge report. He was ordered to report to court on July 9 to face a charge of simple assault.

On Monday, Oakley had canceled a flight to Toronto to meet with Raptors officials and to take a physical, citing a family emergency. Raptor GM Glen Grunwald and coach Butch Carter instead flew to Atlanta on Tuesday and met with Oakley, waiving the physical, officially making Oakley a Raptor, after a trade last week with the Knicks.

UPDATE: The case was bound over to Fulton County State Court. No trail date was set, the spokeswoman said.