Dennis Rodman owes almost $900,000 in unpaid child and spousal support, and a judge has told him that he could face up to 20 days in jail if he doesn’t pay up.
According to TMZ, Rodman’s ex wife Michelle filed papers this month claiming the former NBA star owes her a little over $860,000, including exactly $808,935 in unpaid child support for his 9 and 10-year-old children, and $51,441 in unpaid spousal support.
But it turns out, there is no way the flamboyant basketball legend will be able to pay anywhere close to that amount, because according to his lawyer, he is “broke and cannot afford any additional fees.”
Rodman’s attorney Linnea Willis also claims that the 50-year-old former Bulls player is “extremely sick,” in reference to his well-known struggle with a major alcohol addiction, as he famously discussed on the third season of Dr. Drew’s “Celebrity Rehab” reality show.
Rodman’s finance manager Peggy Williams, who has loaned the five-time NBA champion money for past child support payments, says the stress of the case is taking a toll on his health and he’s turning to alcohol like never before.
“In all honesty, Dennis, although a very sweet person, is an alcoholic,”” Williams said. “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.”
She continued, “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.”
But Michelle Rodman (his third wife) says Dennis flies all over the world getting paid to host nightclub parties, which means that he is not COMPLETELY broke, and can therefore afford to pay up something.
To make matters even worse, Orange County court documents state that Rodman also owes $350,000 in back taxes after withdrawing his NBA pension to pay off previous debts.
In addition to his marriage with ex-wife Michelle Rodman, the basketball player was also previously married to Carmen Electra and he also dated Madonna.
Last year, Dennis Rodman celebrated his 50th birthday dressed in women’s lingerie with a bunch of scantily clad women.
Wonder how (or even if) he’ll be celebrating this year.