UPDATE, MARCH 28, 1:13 P.M.: As Dennis Rodman was successfully avoiding jail (for now) in an Orange courtroom he'd been dragged into by his ex-wife Tuesday, it was revealed that "The Worm" really has been trying to succeed in business so he can pay $808,935 in back child support and $51,441 in back spousal support and attorney fees she claims he owes, as well as more than $350,000 in back state taxes.
But just you try launching a topless women's basketball team in this crappy economy.
Talk about double dribbles!
The unsuccessful Rodman business venture with a New York City strip club was revealed to ABC News by the onetime Piston/Bull/Laker/Spur/Maverick's manager, Darren Prince, who added the Newport Peninsula's former Citizen of the Year is not in an inpatient treatment program for the alcoholism that is said to be fueling a downward spiral, but he "does see a counselor from time to time."
Appearing in court in a white blazer, black jeans and tennis shoes, Rodman told a court commissioner that he and his ex-, Michelle Moyer of Costa Mesa, are getting along fine, and that they and their children went out to dinner together Monday night.
He was ordered to return for another hearing aimed at sorting this all out May 29, which is a lucky 13 days after his 51st birthday.
ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 27, 11:35 A.M.: Former Newport Pen denizen and NBA freak Dennis Rodman is due in Orange today for a contempt of court hearing that could land "The Worm" in jail for 20 days if he does not pony up $808,935 in back child support, $51,441 in back spousal support and attorney fees, his ex-wife reportedly claims.
But the former Piston/Bull/Laker rebounding machine "is broke and cannot afford any additional fees," according to Rodman's pro bono attorneys, who add their client is "extremely sick" and no longer in demand enough to generate that kind of scratch.
Rodman now resides in Florida, and although 2004 court filings indicated he had living expenses of $30,000 a month--compared at the time to former wife Michelle Moyer Rodman's $17,000 every 30 days--he no longer has a checking account, having been wiped out financially by last year's court-ordered support, claims his attorney Linnea Willis.
The former power forward cashed out his NBA retirement early--and for pennies on the dollar--to begin paying off hundreds of thousands of dollars owed in back taxes, Willis added.
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Meanwhile, Rodman's finance manager Peggy Williams reportedly told the Daily Pilot, "In all honesty, Dennis, although a very sweet person, is an alcoholic. His sickness impacts his ability to get work. This case, especially his wife filling for divorce, has put him on a binge that I have never seen before. He is extremely hurt and extremely sick. He is often unable to obtain work because of this sickness. And his sickness is getting increasingly worse."
Williams added, "Dennis cannot afford his own monthly expenses. If the court awards attorney fees, it is setting Dennis up to be in contempt because you cannot get blood from a turnip."
Moyer's attorney countered that Rodman still somehow manages to jet set around the world for various events.