ORANGE (CBS) — Former NBA badboy Dennis Rodman says he’s sick and broke and unable to pay back child support and spousal support payments, according to court documents.

Rodman, 51, has been ordered to appear in an Orange courtroom Tuesday for a contempt hearing and faces up to 20 days in jail for failing to make payments, according to an attorney for his ex-wife.

The former Chicago Bulls star, who played alongside Michael Jordan, owes $808,935 in back child support for the 9- and 10-year-old children he shares with his third wife, Michelle Rodman, according to court documents filed by her attorney, Jack Kayajanian, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Rodman also owes her $51,441 in back spousal support and Michelle Rodman is also seeking attorney’s fees, the Times and the Daily Pilot reported.

Linnea Willis, Rodman’s attorney, says in court documents that he is barely able to pay for his own living expenses, much less the $5,000 he has for one child from another relationship and the $4,500 monthly payment for spousal and child support for Michelle Rodman.

Court documents say Rodman is “extremely sick” and his marketability is diminishing with age and illness.

“Respondent Dennis Rodman is broke and cannot afford any additional fees,” according to court documents.

Comments (16)
  1. Chuey says:

    This is called a “downfall” and I have been watching it happen for years. I was in Vegas many years ago and watched that idiot drop about $600,000 at the Blackjack table in a few short hours. He was drunk, barefoot and smoking a cigar. R E A L cool guy! His NBA pension is 20x what the average family lives on. What a mess!

  2. MS says:

    If any body was left wondering, there is NO FREE LOVE!! Oh yeah, Rodman’s an Idiot!!

  3. susan says:

    if he receives a pension,particularly a large one, it is hard to believe the man is “broke”..he definitely was a flamboyant person,but he did father children and he owes them something..i wonder if his ex wife can go after his pension..sometimes that is not allowed…

  4. Ex- Dodger Fan says:

    Maybe Tragic Johnson can find him a job, throwing peanuts at Dodger Stadium.

  5. John Ashton says:

    Get a lotto ticket ‘worm’, this could get you riight back in the game.

  6. Don Zarzana says:

    For the most part, pensions are exempt from attachment, however, once the pension money is placed in a bank account, you can grab it.

  7. Chuey says:

    Remember Gary Busey just declared BK because he too was broke. He makes $20,000 per MONTH in mailbox money, but (on paper) he is broke. Go figure!

  8. railbird says:

    Hey everyone, leave Dennis alone. An professional athlete’s pension is barely enough to survive these days.


    O.J. Simpson

  9. acme says:

    (I) guess the wages of sin pay off in disease and unhappiness.

  10. sparky says:

    Rodman has been sick for many, many years.

  11. It's a blur says:

    I only believe the really sick part!lol

  12. Jane Fonda says:

    If Dennis is so broke financially then how is he going to pay his attorney.

    When was the last time you saw an attorney work for free ?

    Send him to jail and let him be a rommie with O.J.

  13. Shocking!

    He pays, or he goes to Jail.

  14. susan says:

    he may very well be sick, and very well be broke by his standards which means living in a 150K house i nstead of a 150 million one,but he does get a pension from the nba and although i dont know the amount, it has to be more than the rest of us would get (say 100K yearly) can live on that and he could work out arrangements with the courts about child support and alimony ..hes a deadbeat dad and using excuses for everything in order to get sympathy….

  15. Let’s see if we have this right: Rodman is just now figuring out that he’s “sick?”

    A tad slow on the optake there, Dennis.

  16. rankin1 says:

    madonna help your old boyfriend.

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