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Dennis Rodman’s ex-wife claims he owes $808,935 in child support

LAS VEGAS NV - MARCH 17:  Former NBA player Dennis Rodman hosts St. Patricks Day Party Tabu UltrLounge MGM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 17: Former NBA player Dennis Rodman hosts St. Patricks Day Party at the Tabu Ultra Lounge at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on March 17, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)

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Updated: April 29, 2012 8:18AM

Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman is battling “alcoholism” and his ex-wife claims he owes about $800,000 in unpaid child support — but at least he avoided jail time Tuesday.

Rodman, 50, faced the possibility of up to 20 days in jail for failure to pay the child support, but a judge in Orange County, Calif., agreed to postpone the case until May 29.

“He’s not in a comfortable space,” Darren Prince, Rodman’s agent, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He still loves his wife and he still loves his kids. (The divorce) has taken a lot out of him.”

Rodman’s ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, claims in court papers filed this month in Orange County that the former basketball star owes her $808,935 in unpaid child support for the couple’s two children — ages 9 and 10 — as well as $51,441 in unpaid spousal support, several media outlets reported Tuesday.

Michelle Rodman’s attorney, Jack Kayajanian, told the Sun-Times the former NBA star has been making payments, but only in “dribs and drabs.”

But Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, said in her own court filings that her client can not possibly afford to pay the amount Michelle Rodman says she is owed. Rodman’s lawyer said the amount is “unjustified” because it’s not based on Rodman’s actual income. The court filings on Dennis Rodman’s behalf also describe him as being “extremely sick,” although Prince later clarified that his sickness is his “well-documented alcoholism.”

Both Kayajanian and Willis told the Sun-Times the judge in the case has indicated he is likely to order the former NBA star, nicknamed “The Worm” for his tenaciousness as a rebounder, to perform community service, rather than impose jail time for the unpaid child support.

To make ends meet, Dennis Rodman, who lives in the Fort Lauderdale area, appears at autograph signings — he was at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont earlier this month — and plays exhibition basketball games, Prince said. He also makes appearances at nightclubs.

“At the end of the day, he’s got to make money,” Prince said.

Rodman’s latest venture is a topless women’s basketball team.

“We are actually looking to secure a venue in the next week or two,” Prince said. “We have some sponsors on board. He has two teams. ... It should be a successful venture. He’s looking to (launch) it internationally.”

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