As the worm turns.
Dennis Rodman says around eight years ago he cleaned up his alcoholic ways and stopped drinking for about 19 months, but that didn't help him find work.
"Did I try to get in the NBA or have some type of job in the NBA? People wouldn't even touch me at all," Rodman said. ESPN's Mark Schwartz asked Rodman if it was because he was sober? "Yep, that's a true story. I was boring, I wasn't the Dennis Rodman of old."
During his career, Rodman had a high-profile fling with singer Madonna and was married to actress Carmen Electra for a brief time.
On the other hand, Darren Price, Rodman's agent, says Rodman's claim is a bunch of baloney. In fact, Rodman's abuse of alcohol has hurt his post playing days career.
"I know if he got sober, he could get a coaching job. He could be a rebounding coach, possibly work in the front office," Prince said, adding to the New York Post's Page Six, "We've had many discussions with TNT and others, and they all say the same thing -- he's too risky, because they don’t know if he's going to show up drunk or not show up at all."
Rodman, 51, hasn't played in the NBA since a brief stint with Dallas in 2000. He's more than $800,000 behind in child support payments to his ex-wife Michelle, with whom he has two children.
Change is tough, and it's not something Rodman wants any part in for now anyway.
"Obviously, I don't want to change," Rodman told ESPN. "I mean do I think about it? You know, I've got a daughter who's 24, haven't seen her, literally in 24 years, five days. That sucks, don't it? That just sucks."
Despite reports of his financial woes, Prince says Rodman actually makes between $500,000 and more than $1 million per year from different random appearances and endorsement deals.
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