Dennis Keith Rodman, renowned retired American Hall of Fame professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA) is in the limelight for extremely poor financial conditions. The star that played for Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks will be sent to jail if he fails to pay for child support.
owes more than $800,000 in back child support for two children he had with his third wife, Michelle Rodman, in addition to $51,000 in spousal support, according to a Los Angeles Times report. Rodman’s current financial standing is not too strong and such a hit would mean a lot for him.
The matter will be discussed in the court in Orange County, Calif., and chances are Rodman will have to face 20 days in jail, according to court documents. On Tuesday, Rodman's sentencing was moved to May 29 pending a court decision. The sentence could be reduced to community service.
According to Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, the five-time NBA champion cannot pay up because he’s broke and an alcoholic.
His fans and followers were surprised to hear this news because Rodman has quite a spoilt lifestyle which can’t be maintained if one doesn’t have money.
Peggy Williams, Rodman’s finance manager, who has loaned her client money for past child support payments, jumped to his defense by saying, “In all honesty, Dennis, although a very sweet person, is an alcoholic,” “His sickness impacts his ability to get work. This case, especially his wife filing for divorce, has put him on a binge that I have never seen before. He is extremely hurt and extremely sick. He is often unable to obtain work because of the sickness. And his sickness is getting increasingly worse.”
“Dennis cannot afford his own monthly expenses. If the court awards attorney fees, it is setting Dennis up to be in contempt because you cannot get blood from a turnip.”
After withdrawing his NBA pension to pay off previous debts, Rodman still owes $350,000 in back taxes, according to Orange County court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
If he pays for all the debt and charges, he will have to sacrifice a lot. He was known for his outrageous habits and a lavish lifestyle. Rodman and his then-wife, Carmen Electra, were charged with misdemeanors after police were notified of a domestic disturbance. Each posted $2,500 in bail and was released with a temporary restraining order placed on them. They have been arrested for drunken driving and driving without a valid license. Rodman has also pled guilty to both charges and was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and was required to attend a three-month treatment program.