Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced in Orange, Florida family court Tuesday to 104 hours of community service on four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.
Barry Michaelson, who is the court commissioner, also placed Rodman on three years of informal probation, with the condition that Rodman pay current child and spousal support obligations. Michaelson said to the retired basketball player that his suggestion is to use your talents as a motivator, as a fine, fine athlete and as a fine person to assist others in need.
The dispute between Rodman and his ex-wife, began a long time ago, beginning in 2004 when his now ex-wife filed for divorce. Michelle Rodman’s attorneys say Rodman still owes back child support in an amount that exceeds $800,000.
Rodman said he’d do whatever community service that was required of him near his home in Florida and did not begrudge his former wife. He said after the hearing that’s it all about the kids.
Rodman, 51, was found guilty last year of four counts of contempt for child support owed in 2009 and 2010.
According to Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, those charges stemmed from a period of time when he was expected to pay $50,000 per month for child support, and that amount has now been reduced to $4,500 a month for both child support and spousal support. She also stated that Rodman is current on those obligations.
Rodman was known for his wild and flamboyant behavior during his basketball career. He and his former wife have been feuding over child support and custody for years. They have two children, ages 10 and 11.
According to court documents filed earlier this year, Rodman is “broke”. His tax return from 2010 shows that he earned around $150,000, but his financial manager stated he owed a significant amount in back taxes. Because his alcoholism has hurt his image, she said, Rodman is finding it difficult to obtain corporate endorsements and other work.
Rodman’s outstanding disputes over back child support and additional contempt charges will be addressed at a hearing on June 22.