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Thursday, September 4, 2003
Updated: September 5, 3:02 AM ET
Rodman given chance to 'sober up'

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Dennis Rodman was released Thursday night from jail after being arrested earlier in the day after allegedly being drunk in public.

The former NBA player was arrested Thursday afternoon after police received a call that he was driving his boat in Newport Harbor while under the influence of alcohol, Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

"When we got there, Mr. Rodman was at the dock next to the (restaurant) attempting to untie the boat. Deputies observed Mr. Rodman fall to the ground," Amormino said. "They interviewed him and determined he was under the influence of alcohol, unable to care for himself or his property."

Rodman, 42, was released Thursday night from the Newport Beach jail. A police lieutenant told KCAL-TV that Rodman was held to give him a chance to "sober up."

Outside the jail, Rodman told reporters he fell because he was walking backward.

Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, faxed a statement to ESPN that Rodman said "he has not seen his name on TV or in the paper in the past few weeks and thought that people forgot about his NBA comeback. Now I guess they will remember."

Since Rodman retired from the NBA, Newport Beach police have gone to his home more than 70 times because of loud parties.

He was convicted of drunken driving. Last year, he was arrested and accused of obstructing officers investigating a code violation at his seaside restaurant. Prosecutors did not press charges.

Rodman, who led the NBA in rebounds seven times, hasn't played since being released by the Dallas Mavericks after a 13-game stint late in the 1999-2000 season. He played in 23 games with the Los Angeles Lakers before being let go late in the 1998-99 season.

"Rodman also said this will probably be his last party due to his upcoming tryouts," Prince told ESPN. "Rodman will be trying out with several NBA teams over the next few weeks."

He earlier played seven seasons with the Pistons, two with the San Antonio Spurs and three with the Chicago Bulls. He began his NBA career in 1986 in Detroit.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.