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The health and fiscal issues affecting Dennis Rodman are a source of sadness for many who used to be close to the mercurial Hall of Famer, former teammate Steve Kerr said Tuesday.
|Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman won three titles together. Now, Rodman has fallen on hard times.|
Last week, the Chicago Tribune obtained court documents indicating that Rodman is "extremely sick" and "broke," which prevents him from being current on child and spousal support payments.
Kerr, who spoke with ESPN 1000’s “Waddle & Silvy” show Tuesday, was a teammate of Rodman’s with the Chicago Bulls from 1995 to '98. The two won three titles during that span.
“Yeah it does, it makes me really, really sad,” Kerr said. “Everybody on that [Bulls] team really loved Dennis and enjoyed him, and we all have a soft spot for him, and part of that is because of his vulnerability as a human being. He was always so willing to show his emotions, like he did at the Hall of Fame ceremony. You knew how much the game meant to him and how much the players on the team meant to him.”
Rodman, 51, owes more than $800,000 in back child support and more than $51,000 in spousal support, Rodman's ex-wife's attorney asserted in court documents. The documents also stated that Rodman must appear in court in Orange County, Calif., and faces 20 days in jail for not paying.
The attorney for Michelle Rodman countered his claims of insolvency, saying that Rodman flies all over the world hosting nightclub gigs and is not broke.
For his part, Kerr plans on looking into how he can help his former teammate.
“And so now to see him from afar, hearing the story, having his difficulties, it’s tough,” Kerr said. “I don’t know what any of us can do. I’d like to reach out to him. And I know Phil Jackson has done so in the past a couple of times. I hope there’s something we can do, and it’s something I’m going to look into for sure.”
Rodman won five titles and was twice named NBA defensive player of the year during his 14 NBA seasons. He was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame this past August.