Dennis Rodman barred by restraining order from ex-wife, kids
Former NBA standout Dennis Rodman was hit with a temporary restraining order by an Orange County court commissioner Wednesday, according to attorneys for Rodman and his third wife.
The Hall of Fame player cannot come within 100 yards of Michelle Rodman, their two kids, or Michelle’s adult daughter from another relationship, said Mary Ann Noiroux, an attorney for the ex-wife.
The restraining order will remain in place until a June 21 hearing, but Noiroux said she could not comment on the specifics of what led her client to file the restraining order because the court commissioner has granted Dennis Rodman's attorney time to file a motion to have the court records sealed.
Noiroux said only that the order was filed "based on a family situation that happened."
"It’s a situation where, it doesn’t make her happy," Noiroux said of the restraining order. "She doesn’t want to be doing this, but sometimes adults need a cooling-off period, so we can get it all sorted out."
In a statement, Dennis Rodman's attorney, Linnea N. Willis, said that her client will "will have the ability in the future to review" the order "and present evidence and testimony to contest it."
"Anyone can walk into court, make statements and get a temporary restraining order," Willis said. "They are 'temporary' and granted based on statements made by one side, without consideration of the other side."
The new development comes just a day after Rodman was sentenced to 104 hours of community service and three years of informal probation after being found guilty of contempt for failing to pay child support. Rodman, 51, still has to settle any remaining disputes over child support and an additional contempt charge when he appears in court June 22, according to a court official.
A prolific rebounder and defender, Rodman spent 14 years in the NBA but is now broke, his attorney and financial advisor told The Times this year.
"In all honesty, Dennis, although a very sweet person, is an alcoholic," said Peggy Williams, his financial advisor. "His sickness impacts his ability to get work."
In March, an Orange County court commissioner told Rodman that he faced a possible 20-day jail stint or community service for contempt of court unless he came up with $860,376 in child and spousal support he owes his ex-wife by Tuesday.
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Photo: Dennis Rodman, photographed last year during a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Credit: Jessica Hill / Associated Press