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Dennis Rodman Sentenced To Probation For Failing To Pay Child Support

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ORANGE (AP/CBS) — Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman was held in contempt Tuesday in family court for failing to pay child support.

The retired professional basketball player was put on three years of probation and ordered to preform 104 hours of community service for failing to pay more than $800,000 in back child support, TMZ reports.

He is required to stay up-to-date on support and alimony payments while on probation, the gossip website said.

Rodman — known for his wild behavior and Technicolor hair as well as his rebounding skills — married Michelle Rodman in 2003. His wife filed for divorce a year later. Since then, the couple has been feuding over custody and support of their two children, ages 10 and 11.

Rodman was found guilty of the counts of contempt last year for child support owed in 2009 and 2010.

His attorney has claimed he owes far less money. Court documents filed earlier this year indicated that Rodman was “broke.” His tax return from 2010 shows he earned roughly $150,000, but his financial manager said he owes significant amounts in back taxes.

She also said Rodman’s alcoholism has tarnished his image and made it difficult for him to obtain corporate endorsements and other work.

Rodman currently pays about $4,500 a month in child and spousal support, said Jack Kayajanian, another attorney for Michelle Rodman who is focused on recovering the payments.

“My desire is not to put Dennis Rodman in jail. My desire is to shake the tree a little bit and get money for his children,” he said.

Rodman was a bad-boy star of the Detroit Pistons and won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, and lived in California’s affluent Orange County before moving to Florida. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame last year.

Rodman dated Madonna, was married briefly to Carmen Electra, and gave loud parties that led to frequent run-ins with the law when he lived in Newport Beach.

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