Dennis Rodman Child Support: NBA Bad Boy Owes Ex-Wife Michelle $500K

  @howardkoplowitzh.koplowitz@ibtimes.com on December 07 2012 10:22 AM
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Former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman has been hit with a personal foul off the court, as he has to pay his ex-wife $500,000 in child support. REUTERS

Former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman has been hit with a personal foul off the court, as he has to pay his ex-wife $500,000 in child support.

Rodman was found in contempt of court and could face jail time if he doesn’t pay the child support, according to Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson.

Rodman’s ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, has more than one attorney. One of her lawyers claimed the former NBA bad boy owes $850,000 – a figure disputed by Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis.

An out-of-court agreement was reached in which Rodman promised to pay $500,000 in child support, according to the Associated Press.

Willis said Rodman was found in contempt of court because he didn’t pay enough child support, although the attorney said the former basketball star didn’t do it intentionally.

She said Rodman’s court troubles began in March 2009 because he was properly served documents to pay more child support and missed a court hearing.

''He's been complying with the court orders ever since he found out the correct information,'' the attorney told the AP.

While the child support issue is settled, Rodman and Michelle have not come to an agreement on the custody and visitation rights for their two young children.

Those issues may be resolved on Jan. 24, when the Rodmans have a court date, according to the AP. However, the former couple are trying to get the issues settled sooner out of court.

An eccentric personality, Rodman was known in his NBA days as an elite rebounder and his ever-changing hair color. 

Rodman had a 14-year NBA career, most notably with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls. The dominant rebounder helped the two teams win NBA titles.

He was also recognizable off the court, once donning a wedding dress to drum up publicity for his 1996 autobiography, “Bad As I Wanna Be.”

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