It’s going to be a bad day for Dennis Rodman. The flamboyant former NBA star is set to be sentenced on four counts of failing to pay child support today in a California family court.
According to Mary Ann Noiroux, an attorney for Rodman’s ex-wife Michelle, the basketball star will likely be given community service. Noiroux says that she is hoping that the judge also orders him to pay the $800,000 he owes in back child support. Rodman could also face a short stint in prison but Michelle’s other lawyer, Jack Kayajanian, said that no one wants to see Rodman put in jail.
“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.”
“For (Rodman), they could even have him help out with a Boys and Girls Club teaching basketball.”
SF Gate reports that Rodman has two children with his ex-wife Michelle. The couple divorced in 2004. Rodman was found guilty of four counts of contempt for not paying child support in 2009 or 2010.
Rodman said earlier this year that he was too broke to make payments. Rodman’s lawyer said in March: “Respondent Dennis Rodman is broke and cannot afford any additional fees.”
ABC reports that Rodman made $150,000 in 2010, but according to lawyer, most of that money went to pay off “significant back taxes.”
Rodman, who played with the Detroit Pistons, LA Lakers, and won three championships with the Chicago Bulls, was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.