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Dennis Rodman

I Can't Pay My Child Support Bill

... Because I'm BROKE

3/27/2012 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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2:18 PM PDT --
Rodman's rep tells TMZ ... the "sick" comment was a reference to the NBA legend's ongoing struggle with alcoholism.

The rep notes ... Dennis visited a doctor a few months ago and he's in "great physical shape."

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Dennis Rodman
can't afford to pay more than $800,000 in back child support ... because he's dead ass broke -- this according to new court documents.

Dennis' estranged wife Michelle Rodman filed new papers this month, claiming The Worm owes $808,935 in unpaid child support for his 9- and 10-year-old children -- and an additional $51,441 in unpaid spousal support.

But Dennis' attorney responded to the filing, insisting there's no way the Chicago Bulls legend can pay those bills -- because "Respondent Dennis Rodman is broke and cannot afford any additional fees."

According to his lawyer, Dennis is also "extremely sick" and just isn't making the same bank he made back in his heyday. The lawyer does not specify the nature of Rodman's illness. 

According to Dennis' lawyer, the giant child support figure is based on an order Michelle obtained a while ago behind his back -- requiring Rodman to pay $50,000 a month in child support ... an order Dennis has been fighting since 2010.

Dennis' lawyer insists the monthly amount is "unjustified" because it isn't based on Dennis' actual income ... it's based on ludicrous estimates made by Michelle's attorney.

51-year-old Rodman is due in court today for a contempt hearing -- stemming from the child support bill -- and he could be sentenced to 20 days in jail for failure to make payments.

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16.

Seldombinlaid    

That'll teach these gold diggers LMBO Hey, what doesn't she understand about he's broke? He doesn'r look very healthy in that photo.

886 days ago
17.

Joao    

Firstly, we know that he's not going to spend a day in jail, so that was stupid to even include in the piece. Secondly, I actually believe that buffoon is broke. He exploited and degraded himself into obscurity. I'm certain that the [not so] Beautiful People are not up for his antics anymore... and I think that bitch who bore his kids for the bucks should squeeze him dry---he deserves it.

886 days ago
18.

Straight Talkin Texan    

IRRESPONSIBLE L-O-S-E-R!!!

886 days ago
19.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

The illness is probably cirrhosis of the liver. And at 51 years old it is really time for him to remove those adolescent face piercings.

886 days ago
20.

Marlyn    

another Dr Drew flunkie!!

886 days ago
21.

Wendy    

Wow, that is one ugly buck. If he were on my plantation, I would geld him and sell him down the river, like all troublemakers.

886 days ago
22.

Brad    

You can't feel sorry for a guy like this. Like a lot of black athletes and celebrities they know how to make money but not spend it. Ever heard of saving? Just because you have money doesn't mean you have to spend it all.....this isn't brewsters millions.....though sadly that is how a lot of black athletes and celebrities spend there money these days.

886 days ago
23.

Glenda     

If he could not afford child support, because he's not making the same money, then why didn't he go in for a modification? Why? because he'd have to produce financial proof of his inability to pay. If he had gone through all his money, what is he living on? and where is he living? Let's put this in perspective shall we.

886 days ago
24.

Mumra the Ever Living    

SO basically, what he's saying is that not only won't he pay his back child support, but he won't pay any future child support. I suggest he get $2,000 a month apartment, and budget $3,500 to pay for everything else. That's $70,000 a year. Everything else goes to his wife until he's all payed up. Because let's face it folks, he's got money - he just want it all.
Perhaps he should sell some his nice frilly dresses and his feather boas. That would be a good start.

886 days ago
25.

Joan K    

He gives new meaning to the word, ugly!

886 days ago
26.

lmhilly1971    

No matter what he is still gonna owe the $808,935 in arrears...get an effing job

886 days ago
27.

RaineeDrops    

Sell your toys and pay your child support.

886 days ago
28.

RaineeDrops    

Sell your 5 NBA Championship rings and put that toward your child support. Your gold jewelry, the fancy cars, motorcycle, house, etc.

886 days ago
29.

Rhubino    

Glory Days - yeah they'll pass you by - Glory Days - in the wink of Madonna's eyes - Glory Days ...

886 days ago
30.

Meanie    

POS. More dumb ass sports figures who can't manage their money. Dumb ass.

886 days ago
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