Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who says he’s an alcoholic and “extremely sick.”
Dennis Rodman appeared in court Tuesday for failing to pay spousal and child support. The onetime basketball player faces up to 20 days in jail. He was ordered to return to court in Orange County on May 29.
He owes $808,935 in back child support for the two children that he had with his third wife, Michelle Rodman, said her attorney, Jack Kayajanian, in court documents. He also owed $51,441 through March 1 in back spousal support, Kayajanian alleged in court documents. Michelle Rodman is also requesting attorneys’ fees.
Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, said in court documents that the former Laker is “extremely sick” and career is diminishing with age and illness.
“In all honesty, Dennis, although a very sweet person, is an alcoholic,” said Peggy Williams, his financial advisor. “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 this sickness. And his sickness is getting increasingly worse.”
Some of Rodman’s financial hardships stem from having cashed out his NBA retirement for pennies on the dollar so he could pay back taxes owed to the state of California for 2002-03, according to documents filed with the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange.
Rodman, 51, still owes more than $350,000 in back taxes.