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Court orders Dennis Rodman to pay $500,000 in child support

Dec 6, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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Thursday was not a good day for Dennis Rodman in court. Not that he’s had a lot of good days in court, but this was one of the more expensive ones.

An Orange County court has ordered Rodman to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife. Or else. And you don’t want to find out what the “or else” with a judge. From the Associated Press.

An attorney for Rodman’s ex-wife Michelle said Thursday that the flamboyant basketball player was also sentenced to informal probation.

City News Service reports that Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson warned Rodman he could face jail time if he didn’t pay the child support.

Rodman has become a character of himself. An ex-athlete for whom the party never stopped, who is burning through his money like water… or tequila. Running into trouble with Johnny Law. Which is fine, if that’s how he wants to live his life. But there are responsibilities in life you can’t shy away from. Your children are one of those. He has to pay up.

  1. desal2ds - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM


  2. 00maltliquor - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Too bad $498,000 of the money is going to be spent by that skank on anything BUT the child. :*- (

  3. manchestermiracle - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    “Rodman has become a character of himself.” He’s playing himself? Or did you mean “caricature,” which is defined as a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things. There are responsibilities in journalism you can’t shy away from.

    • 1historian - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      “There are responsibilities in journalism you can’t shy away from.”

      Very true statement,but from everything of his I have read he probably doesn’t even know what you are talking about. IOW he has heard the word but didn’t really know what it means – forget how to spell it.

      Which makes him eminently qualified to be a sportswriter along with such as Mike Florio.

  4. mazblast - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    What makes the judge or the ex-wife’s attorney think there IS $500,000 to be paid?

  5. badintent - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    The SI jinx !
    Iknew that wedding dress would come back to haunt the Worm

  6. 06mustang - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    There is needing child support for the proper upbringing of the child and then there is the bleeding a rich guy. I’m no fan of his (well, sort of I guess) but put a cap on how much a woman should receive. Let him spend his millions.

  7. fotydaze - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:17 AM

    06 and anyone else this applies to. There it’s a simple remedy…DON’T HAVE KIDS UNLESS YOUR WILLING TO PAY FOR THEM. Rodman made a hell of slot more than 500K in his career and probably still does. Time for him to grow up and face his responsibilities. Don’t blame his ex cause she’s smarter than he is

    • florida727 - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      #fotydaze, there’s an interesting website called If you just do a Google search on any player’s name with the word ‘salary’ after it, that website is one of the first listed.

      Rodman made $26,965,000 just in salary over his career. Who knows what endorsements pulled in. He’s got the money. As much as he blows, hard to believe he doesn’t have some of it stashed away, or at least you’d like to think he does.

  8. metalhead65 - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    if he did not want to be responsible for them he should have taken measures not to have them. he did not so he has to pay for them. not the kids fault he was not smart enough to have a payment agreement in place or follow thru with it if he did. do not feel a bit sorry for this overrated clown at all. maybe you fans should take up a collection to help him out since you created this monster by supporting him and his sick ways. he deserves no sympathy for blowing all that money and not taking care of his kids.

  9. 1historian - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    “You’re not a real man unless you take care of your family.”

    Vito Corleone

  10. ndamus4 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I would bet that the child has lived a more then above average life which was paid for by Rodman. The money is the extra for the baby mama. People that are on here thinking he is a dead beat dad are sorely mistaken. I bet that kid has more money then most of us as well as the mother who has probably never worked a day in her life except dropping nba player babies.

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