Rodman a Broke, Sick Alcoholic, Court Told

'He's on a binge like never before,' says financial advisor at kid support hearing
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2012 12:31 AM CDT
Updated Mar 28, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
Dennis Rodman becomes emotional during his address at a Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony last year.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – Basketball's clownish bad boy Dennis Rodman is broke and an "extremely sick" alcoholic, his financial adviser revealed in court. Rodman, 51, was warned by an Orange County commissioner yesterday that he faces 20 days in jail for contempt of court if he doesn't pay $860,000 in alimony and child support. But the NBA hall-of-famer can barely pay his own living expenses, and has little hope of meeting his other responsibilities, testified adviser Peggy Williams. “In all honesty, Dennis, although a very sweet person, is an alcoholic,” she said. “His sickness impacts his ability to get work.”

When third wife Michelle Rodman first filed for divorce in 2004, Rodman was earning $570,000 a year and had nearly $5 million in assets, reports the Los Angeles Times. She and Dennis, who have two children, tried to reconcile, but the marriage was finally dissolved just weeks ago. Rodman now has no job and no savings or checking account, said Williams. He also owes $350,000 in taxes, according to court records. “This case, especially his wife filing for divorce, has put him on a binge that I have never seen before,” she added. (Read more Dennis Rodman stories.)

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