Worm gets pinched in L.A.

May 1, 2008

The Worm is in trouble again after allegedly striking a woman at a Century City hotel in Los Angeles.
Former NBA forward Dennis Rodman, who wrapped up his whirlwind of a career with the Lakers and Mavs, was jailed Wednesday for investigation of felony domestic violence and freed on $50,000 bail earlier today.
His manager later told TMZ (and yes, I can’t believe I just cited TMZ) that Rodman grabbed and bruised the woman’s arm after the pair drank too much and argued. Prince said Rodman’s drinking has escalated because of a divorce, and he plans to enter rehab.
Not much of a shocker considering his past. There were always two athletes I worried would end up in jail or dead because of something stupid they did off the court, or in Mike Tyson’s case, outside the ring. Not that Tyson didn’t do anything cannibalistic in the ring, too. The other is obviously Rodman, a former Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons star rebounder who has a history of substance abuse and hasn’t exactly turned his life around since hanging up the sneakers.
It’s hard to believe these two headcases were once among the most elite athletes in their respective sports.
Especially Rodman, who was hard to watch when he handled the rock (he did, however, lead the league in FG percentage in 1989) but was nails defensively, named defensive player of the year twice and becoming a five-time NBA champion.

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