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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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91.

Throwback kid    

I know this is probably a crazy concept for Dennis Rodman but has he ever thought about getting a job/ I'm not talking about some short time celeb gig that he likes to do all the time, I'm talking about getting up in the morning and going to work every day to support the children that he brought into the world. It's time Dennis puts away the out of style Ed Hardy clothes he wears (51 is a little old for those clothes) and stop walking around looking for adulation and attention at bars every night and just grow up and be a real man. His heyday in basketball was a long time ago, it;s now time to go to work and support those children

878 days ago
92.

pepekale    

Did he have lip transplant

878 days ago
93.

MP    

If he can't pay throw him in jail. I have no sympathy for him. He's pissed his money away on stupid things and needs to man up and take care of his family.

878 days ago
94.

OBAMA CLAUS     

He doesn't look like he just blazed a blunt or anything.

878 days ago
95.

buzz kill    

All that hardware in his nose, what happened to the bone.

878 days ago
96.

edd    

why don't he sell some of his face pins?

878 days ago
97.

MCBRIDE    

Rodman look a mess with that junk in his lips and nose. he look drunk and this i what happen when Pros. get married, the women just want their money and leave after they have babies for more money. God do not sanction tattoos and he is not being blessed. h need to clean himself up and take that junk off him and out of his nose and lips

878 days ago
98.

Jay    

Sell some of your bling you dumb ass and pay your dues. You are the epitomy of a damn deadbeat dad and one of the worst roll models for the black community I have ever seen. Hope you are proud of yourself. You look like a freak and a derelict. Clean up your ugly ass.

878 days ago
99.

Andy    

Another BUM

878 days ago
100.

Dr Hardwicke    

What a disgusting and ignorant/stupid fool we have here.
This guy a a FREAK of nature he makes Liberace look straight. The guy is one nasty, filthy, no account bum and soon he will live like one. Rodman is a pathetic excuse for a human being, he belongs in a cage at the Freak Show.

878 days ago
101.

Denver    

Unrelated from him being a deadbeat dad, why do ugly people insist on piercing their face making it worse?

878 days ago
102.

Nicoleasm    

I never understood why they would put someone in jail for being behind on child support payments. It seems counter-productive. If they are having a hard time paying due to a dire financial situation(proven in court)..being put behind bars would only make things worse. They're definitely not making money and could lose the job they do have.

878 days ago
103.

Betty M. Gray    

Dennis, when you look in the mirror, do you see god. He's looking for you so that your life can be abuntant each and every day without alcohol. The homeless in the city of Atlanta along could be feed, housed and children cared for in the manner jesus wants for us all. Trick, take a back seat and let god work on Dennis so he can be the man that god has promised him. Spousal support, what have you done lately!!! Do you seek god for yourself, take your children to church? Was god first in your marriage or money?

878 days ago
104.

mikey    

sell some of that memorabilia. he was offered a hundred thousand just for the wedding dress!

878 days ago
105.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

How is it possible for anyone to be any uglier than Dennis?

877 days ago
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