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(AP) / 31 May 2012

Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced in family court to 104 hours of community service on four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.

The sentence includes the condition that Rodman pay current child and spousal support obligations.

The sentencing put an end to one of the disputes in the long-running case, which began when Rodman’s now ex-wife filed for divorce in 2004. But Rodman still faces additional contempt charges and allegedly owes back child support in an amount that Michelle Rodman’s attorneys say exceeds $800,000.

On Tuesday, the towering former star rebounder said he’d do whatever community service was required near his home in Florida, possibly working with children, and did not begrudge his former wife.

“It’s all about the kids,” Rodman, 51, said of the ex-couple’s two children after the hearing. “It does suck the fact that it had to come to this.”

Rodman — known for his wild behaviour, Technicolor hair and his rebounding skills — married in 2003. For years, he and his former wife have been feuding over custody and support of their children, ages 10 and 11.

Rodman was a bad-boy star of the Detroit Pistons and won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, and lived in California’s affluent Orange County before moving to Florida. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame last year.

Rodman dated Madonna, was married briefly to Carmen Electra, and gave loud parties that led to frequent run-ins with the law when he lived in Newport Beach.

 
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