Dennis Rodman: I’m not broke, I’m not sick

Dennis Rodman sat down with the “Today Show” to set the record straight on his personal life.

In the interview, the Basketball Hall of Famer disputed reports that emerged two weeks ago stating that he was broke and sick, saying he’s neither.

“I’m not a deadbeat dad,” Rodman said. “Yeah, I pay child support. I’m not one of the guys that made Michael Jordan money or Scottie Pippen money. I made a decent living in the NBA, but broke? I’m not broke,” he says.

Asked about having a drinking problem, Rodman disputed that, too.

“I’m not sick, man. People have had those allegations about me since 1995. ‘Dennis parties a lot, Dennis does this.’ I’m going to do what I do. I’ve proved people wrong from day one, I’m still proving people wrong that the fact that I’m still loving it.”

“I feel good. I’m 50 years old, I do go out and have a good time, and most of the things I do is based on appearances around the world.”

Rodman also says he’s unlikely to suffer a similar fate to recently deceased stars like Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse because he does not do cocaine.

“I never even tried cocaine. I never even came near cocaine,” he states.

Rodman was adamant about using the interview to clear his name and reputation. But what’s strange is that he was only clearing his name from the allegations made by his attorney and finance manager.

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Attorney claims Dennis Rodman is broke, sick and can’t afford support payments

Dennis Rodman is allegedly behind around $800,000 on child support payments and around $51,000 on spousal support payments, so his attorney is claiming the former NBA rebounding king is “broke” and “extremely sick.”

Rodman was due in court Tuesday in Orange, Ca. regarding his delinquency and could be facing 20 days in jail. He says he simply does not have the money to make the payments owed to Michelle Rodman, his third wife, and their two children, aged nine and 10. He is supposed to pay them $4,500 per month and he owes $5,000 per month for another child.

“Respondent Dennis Rodman is broke and cannot afford any additional fees,” according to court documents filed on his behalf, the Daily Pilot says.

He is “extremely sick” and his marketability is diminishing with age and illness, according to court documents.

The sickness refers to Rodman’s alleged alcoholism problem.

In addition to owing thousands in child and spousal support, Rodman also owes at least $100,000 in back taxes. His taxes supposedly were down improperly by a previous accountant, leaving him in a bad spot.

The attorney for Rodman’s ex-wife says claims that Dennis is broke are bogus and that he flies around the world geting paid to promote parties. We also know Rodman was promoting an anti-hangover shake last year. I also wouldn’t read too much into the broke and sick claims; they are likely legal ploys by his attorney to soften his financial burdens.

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
H/T LBS contributor A. Liu

Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame Outfit Was Dazzling (Pictures)

The internet wasn’t really around when Dennis Rodman was doing his thing. If it were, there’s little doubt we would have had a lot of fun with him. Whether it was posting pictures of his crazy outfits and hairstyles, or cell phone cameras catching him sniffing coke in hot tubs, there’s no question he would have been a major player in the sports blogosphere. We get treated to a fun Rodman story every once in a while, but it’s not the same as if he were playing. At least his Hall of Fame speech gave us a nice moment.

Rodman wore two different outfits — one before his speech, and one after it. His first outfit was all platinum-colored and kind of reminds you of what Dolly Parton would wear if she attended a Raiders game. He had a scarf, cowboy hat, and giant glasses. Rodman later changed into his speech suit. He had piercings in his ears, lip, and two through his nose. His custom-made jacket had the initials “DR” in front, 91 on the left sleeve, and 10 on the right sleeve. That represented the jersey numbers he wore in Chicago and Detroit/San Antonio. The back of his jacket had the team names Bulls and Pistons on it. Here are some pictures of his Hall of Fame outfits:

Ex-Celtics Were Upset over Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame Induction

Dennis Rodman is one of the most controversial players in NBA history. Think about it: this is the same guy who was going to have his jersey retired at a strip club. Naturally, The Worm’s inclusion in Basketball’s Hall of Fame has not come without contention. There are some people like Phil Jackson who feel Rodman’s induction is extremely well-deserved. There are others who argue he doesn’t belong in the Hall. At least two ex-Celtics belong in that category.

Pistons.com writer Keith Langlois describes a conversation he heard in April when the Pistons and Celtics played:

Through an open doorway, less than 15 feet away in the dining room, two prominent ex-Celtics, one a Hall of Famer, were savaging Rodman’s inclusion.

The Hall of Famer was particularly incensed, recalling a game from long ago he watched where the Lakers employed some particular tactic against Rodman, he said, that revealed his shortcomings and rendered him virtually impotent.

They’re not alone in their thoughts. Tex Winter’s son Chris said he was surprised the voters didn’t make Rodman wait another 30 years before being approving him. I’m glad they put him in. Basketball doesn’t have the same ethics clause as baseball. If it did, there would be more of an argument against letting in the Worm. Judging him based on his numbers and playing career, he definitely deserves a spot in Springfield.

Chest bump to I am a GM for the story

Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame Entry Includes Helicopter, Women’s Clothing

Pictured above is a similar shirt to the one Dennis Rodman was wearing when he showed up to his Hall of Fame press conference on Thursday. Ball Don’t Lie shared that information with us, and we certainly have no reason to doubt it.  Not really much to add there.  They also told us, via the Miami Herald, that Rodman will arrive at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday in a helicopter.  A helicopter is his second choice for transportation, as Dennis said he would have preferred to arrive in Springfield, Mass. on a colorful float.

Rodman also said he will hire acrobats to perform and that some of his outfits will be a little “out there.”  One has to wonder if that means “out there” by our standards or his.  Phil Jackson is going to present for Rodman in what sounds like it could be the most interesting Hall of Fame induction of all time.  From a guy who once did this at a party and had his jersey retired in a place like this, anything less would be a major disappointment.

Dennis Rodman to Have Jersey Retired at New York Strip Club

A little over a month ago, Dennis Rodman had his jersey retired by the Detroit Pistons.  Some consider Rodman to be a legend for his basketball career — particularly his tremendous defense — while many, many others only know him as the weirdo who played for the Bulls when Michael Jordan was there.  We know one thing for sure: Rodman loves women.  Remember the mic’d up sexcapade we told you about last year? In fact, his appreciation for women is about to result in a second jersey retirement.

Ben Maller shared an interesting NY Post tidbit with us on Tuesday that indicates Rodman will have his No. 10 jersey retired Wednesday night at Headquarters Gentlemen’s Club, a strip club in New York.  The dancers will reportedly wear Rodman’s Piston jersey before the club hangs it on the wall in honor of his 50th birthday celebration.

Good for you, Dennis.  While other sports figures are out sneaking around at strip joints you hang everything right out in the open.  The man likes strip clubs and is a dedicated customer.  Why shouldn’t he have his jersey retired on the wall?  Is that not what living in America is all about?

Dennis Rodman Mic’d Up

No, not like that.  Not mic’d up like a head coach would be mic’d up on the sidelines.  What could be heard was probably just as intense, however.  Dennis Rodman recently attended a party at Hotel Indigo in Hampton Bays and managed to become the center of attention.  Shocking, isn’t it?

Rodman — who Phil Jackson considers a Hall of Famer, by the way — was using a cordless microphone before deciding to take six girls upstairs to his bedroom with him.  Apparently he stuck the microphone in his pocket, without turning it off, and set off on his sexcapade with the six women.  Minutes later, the entire pool party could hear Rodman dirty talking through the microphone.

Rodman had quite a lot to drink and had been making shout-outs on the mike. He headed up to his room with six girls. Then, the next thing you could hear through the speakers downstairs was Rodman describing in full sexual detail what he wanted to do to them. Organizers pulled the plug before it got any dirtier.”

Rodman’s agent, Darren Prince, admitted Rodman had a few drinks and said he was “unaware of the microphone being turned on.”  The agent then realized we’re in the United States as opposed to Guam and are familiar with Rodman’s antics and immediately regretted trying to defend his client.

Hamptons partygoers get earful of Rodman sex [NY Post]