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Dennis Rodman “broke,” “extremely sick” according to court papers

Mar 27, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield Reuters

This is sad. Not surprising, but sad nonetheless.

In court papers regarding child support payments, his own attorney describes Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman as broke and extremely sick. The Los Angeles Times got ahold of the documents.

Dennis Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, said in court documents that the former Laker is barely capable of paying for his living expenses, let alone the $5,000 he has for one child from another relationship, and the $4,500 monthly payment for spousal and child support to Michelle Rodman….

“Respondent Dennis Rodman is broke and cannot afford any additional fees,” according to court documents filed on his behalf.

He is “extremely sick” and his marketability is diminishing with age and illness, according to court documents.

Lawyers have said some outrageous crap to get their clients out of paying for things, so you can take this with a grain of salt. That said, this is also totally believable.

No doubt, the saddest part of this who mess is his children are the ones that will suffer the most. Rodman could end up spending 20 days for being $808,935 behind in his child support. And for the record, Rodman’s attorneys are working pro bono (Latin meaning for the good or for free, because attorneys love their Latin).

The whole situation just is kind of depressing.

Rodman won five rings total between the Pistons and Bulls, plus played for the Spurs and Lakers. He is one of the best rebounders ever to play the game, plus he was a lock-down defender (especially early in his career). He was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame last summer.

  1. transam7816 - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Has he sold his rings yet?

  2. obamablowz - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I love it!

  3. briscrye - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    His children… suffering? on $5,000 a month? those kids make more than half the population in a year. Why is it ALL on Dennis to FULLY support these kids? Yes he owes something. How about, they put him up in a house, he takes FULL custody, and baby momma gets a job, and pays the support?

    • kenyanteg123 - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Because we live in a society where men are subject to blame and ridicule. I’m pretty sure if the roles were switched (Excluding Rodman’s fame), the court wouldn’t take it as seriously. Because we live in a society where women are given special treatment.

  4. ledhead628 - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    um… well I saw him dancing and smoking a big cigar at The National Hotel pool in Miami during the Winter Music Conference…

  5. kopy - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Sure, Rodman is $800k behind in child support, but how much has he already paid? It costs a little less than $300k to raise a child to the age of 18. His children may only suffer in the sense that they’ll grow up with normal childhoods instead of like children of NBA stars, if he’s already paid a decent portion.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      unfortunately, child support is based off salaries/income of both parties and some expenses factor in as well…

      yeah…i gotta be honest, and this is horrible for me to think this but when i saw “extremely sick” in this article about Rodman…”AIDS” was the first thing that came to mind. damn, im a terrible person.

  6. thraiderskin - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Since his child support and spousal support payments are so “reasonable”, I’m sure that both childrens’ mothers have been responsible and still have plenty of the support left until Rodman can get back on his feet, right? I don’t imagine it takes $5,000/month to raise a child or $4,500/month to live comfortably while employed…right?

  7. drewsylvania - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Extreme sick! EXTREME!

  8. onlineknight - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    It is tough to feel bad for a guy who could still make thousands per day by simply signing basketballs at memorabilia shows. I am sure he still has some marketing “power” to make some coin doing commercials. This man will never have to live a day of his life like a normal person.

  9. Marc Springston - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    BS. I ran into Rodman at the mall near Fort Lauderdale beach back in December and he looked healthy and had plenty of money to drop at the Apple Store. He was posing for photos and bought a bunch of products from the Apple Store, including multiple Ipad’s. This is just another case of a celebrity trying to get out of his responsibilities.

    • jycbrnch - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      OMG Man!!! One would think that you were sleeping withRodman since you know so much about what the man have, did and when he did it. The man doesnt’t have to look sick to be sick. How about just shutting TFU if you don’t have anything better to say.

  10. virusgvr - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    My wife and I make a combined income of 64.5k per year and we both hold 40 hour a week jobs. We can afford to raise our son….. Why cant he?

    • thraiderskin - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      I don’t disagree with your premise, until I know how sick he is, I can’t necessarily agree with your comment. I don’t really understand why his payments should be so high or why anyone’s payments should be so high, following a seperation.

      • redbullenergydrink - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        Let’s face it! Child support is never fair to the men in this country!

    • primesinister - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Let’s see, at 64.5k per year, you average $5,375 in monthly income. Rodman is mandated by a court order to pay $9,500 a month in child support. At that rate, you would be able to raise your son if you tripled your income or in the alternative, win the lottery. In short, you’re an idiot.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      his child support is $60k a year.

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      addictions to alcohol and gambling…

    • jycbrnch - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:57 AM

      I am sure the man has been raising his son for years. In fact, way over raising him by giving some greedy B way more money than she deserved every month. We all know that it doesn’t take $5,000 or $4,500 to raise a child per month. What he as been doing is raising his child and the greedy, lazy B of a mother he have been taking care of. Now it is about time she get off her shiftless but and find her a job like most mothers do. I can just about image what race she is.

  11. stinkfingers - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Of course he’s sick…. He put on a wedding dress and married himself for hell sakes.

    Best of luck, Mr Rodman. Hope it works out.

    • redbullenergydrink - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM


    • jycbrnch - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:03 AM

      Now you just hit the man below the belt!! But I must agree with you even though he is sick, but in a different way when putting on a wedding dress – that means the man is sick mentally. However, there is a great chance that he is sick physically now. I just wonder what his illness is from.

  12. jumbossportsblog - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      does anyone actually go to jumbossportsblog as a result of this guy posting comments here?

      • jumbossportsblog - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        Let me see your blog. Would love some pointers

      • jumbossportsblog - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:36 PM

        so u run hardball?

  13. lakerluver - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    “A fool and his money are soon parted”.

    • florida727 - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      Unfortunately, “lakerluver”, the more accurate statement would be: “A fool and his $27 MILLION are soon parted.” That the amount, just in salary, that Rodman was paid over his career according to How the heck do you spend that much money? Seriously. Sorry, Dennis. No sympathy here.

      • dacapt704 - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        I hear u but have u considered how much he has already paid to the kids’ mothers? Also minus the taxes he paid, etc…cant just say he made 27 Mil and blew it. He probably cleared about 40% which is still great but…paying 9grand a month for how long will surely eat up a good portion of that.

        The problem is that the courts never reduce the amount of support once the player stops playing. How can someone pay 9k a month that is not an athlete/entertainer? Im just sayin…you have to take all things into consideration. The answer isnt so black & white

      • pinhead2 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        20 years at 9K/mo is just over $2million. We’re not at 20 years yet, and kids do happen to grow up, usually before that. $27million in SALARY! How many others can even dream of that??? Sorry, dude, you just don’t get my sympathy no matter how young and Las Vegas foolish you may have been. You lived it to the extreme – I think that’s pretty obvious.

  14. namaths5thofwhiskey - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    The former Laker? really? So would you call Karl Malone the former Laker too? Smh.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      This story is from the Los Angeles Times, so they would mention the local team first.

  15. giantssb42champs - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Another great pro athlete role model.

  16. jetzman - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Another example of an athlete spending it as fast as he makes it. No sympathy. Sell some of the gold chains and grills. How many average joes would be thrilled to earn 2 million !! Tired of this crap! Go hang with AI. Open a tat shop!!

  17. blackdonnelly - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Crazy – I was moving my father to Los Angeles one sunny day back in July of 2005. While motoring through Glenwood Canyon westbound on I-70 we got consistenly passed by participants in some motor rally that has been long forgotten about – one of the oddest things I’d ever seen was Rodman pulled over by the Colorado State Patrol in his yellow Lambourghini for ludicrous speed.

    That was almost 7 years ago – also odd is how just last year he finally made the NBA Hall of Fame – deservingly so I suppose. And now this. I always thought of Rodman as a weird bird but he was great around the rim. I hope that somehow he pulls out of this nosedive…….

  18. virusgvr - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Time to start working 9-5pm like the rest of us man…. and during your breaks in the day you can surf on over to NBCsports talk and hammer away comments like the rest of us!!!

  19. fer750517 - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Ok I got a story to share, a couple of months ago I was at this small bar in South Beach, FL with 2 of my friends when all of the sudden Mr. Rodman shows up with 2 gorgeous girls, it was mid afternoon so we were a small crowd 15-20 persons…… the guy is like a magnet for girls and guys, he is a character
    He comes to the middle of the bar and tells the bartenders “shots of Jaggermeister for everyone, I buy” and of course we all took a free shot and cheer with him (the shot is $13 ea.)

    He stays probably like 20 minutes and on his way out he turns around and says “hey guys your tabs are on me, everything is paid” so we looked at each other and said, “whose tab he is referring to?” And the bartenders told us , “he just paid the tabs for everyone in this bar”, our tab only was about $130

    If this guy can spend in less than 30 minutes more than $1,000 in drinks for complete strangers, how in the hell he can not take care of the child support? To me he is just irresponsible and a lousy father………. By the way to me he didn’t seem to be sick at all, he was just very drunk………wait alcoholism is an illness so I take it back, he is very sick……….

    • davidly - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      The only thing I find abhorent about your story is that anyone on the face of the earth would pay 13 bucks for a shot of Jägermeister.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

        Guess you’ve never been to NYC!

      • davidly - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        Sure, I have. Just never thought to price that crap. So it ain’t just rapey fratboys and the gals who love ’em who buy it, I guess. I can’t believe how successful the stuff is marketed in the states. It’s awful! That’d be like paying 6 bucks for a Busch Light (or maybe voting for Bush lite. Hehe).

      • fer750517 - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        those are the prices on the nightclubs / bars at the beach i So Flo, moonshine is not everything……..


  20. ducksouped - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Why should we care of feel sorry for these athletes who are so broke now? Ever see a common thread amongst these guys? Child support, alimony, paying these women cause they’re to stupid to keep it in the pants. Its your own fault. Ass

  21. dafc0n - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Extremely sick? Rodman has been extremely SICK since his playing days with the pistons. Many people including Phil Jackson, have reached out to him to help, but he wanted to do it HIS way. Everyone saw this coming, and even told him it would end badly if he did’nt mature. So , are we now obligated to feel sorry for him?

  22. great8brewer - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    I’d bet that 99 percent of us who would have come from a childhood such as his and then found riches would end up broke as well. He had zero structure and no money management skills growing up. Look at all the lotto winners who go broke in a NY minute.

    With that said, he has a responsibility to his children. Make it work like most every parent does, even those with little or no money. Stop your damn partying and grow up already. If he is seriously ill, I wish him the best, but that doesnt stop him from being a parent.

    His own father abandoned him and in his own words he didnt like it. So dont do it to your own kids!

    And as many have said, childrens courts rarely favor the father. Sad but it is a fact. I have known too many women who want support money from their baby daddys so THEY can live a certain lifestyle and rarely does the support money actually go the kids.

  23. jimsjam33 - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Rodman ,

    If you read this you may still have a chance . You’re poor . Poor in spirit . Time to realize life is like the sands in the hour glass . Your time is coming to an end . Get down on your knees and do whats important while there’s still time . It’s not easy being a Christian as you have found out through your life experiences . Everybodies your friend , but they won’t be there for you on judgement day . They’ll be arguing their own cases while stuttering , crying , and begging for mercy . You’ve tried everything else , now stand up and save yourself .

  24. phinfan527 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Ya made your bed Dennis, now lie in it. No sympathy here. Anybody care about my bills? Didn’t think so!! Way to be a man Dennis.

  25. djlexluger - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    When did he play for the lakers?

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