A troubled Dennis Rodman has been arrested for DUI on Saturday night, in Newport Beach. After going through the procedures at the station and released, his rep unveiled the former NBA star has some tough personal issues.
On the late hours of Saturday, January 13, retired professional basketball player Dennis Rodman was pulled over by the Newport Beach police for traffic violation. The procedure, as expected, included a sobriety test given on the spot.
Rodman got out of the car and submitted himself to the breathalyzer test, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was driving under the influence. According to TMZ, he blew over the .08 legal limit.
The officers handcuffed him and put him into the police car. He was escorted to the nearest police station and put in jail for approximately seven hours. During this time, the former basketball pro was cooperative with the police.
After seven hours, on Sunday early morning, he was deemed sober enough to be released safely.
Hours after his release, Rodman’s representative gave a statement to TMZ in which he stated that he has been struggling with alcohol addiction for over 15 years.
“Alcoholism has been a struggle on and off for Dennis the past 15 years.”
The representative also linked the NBA star’s arrest to some “tough personal issues” that he has been dealing with lately.
In the end, he mentioned he intends to talk to Rodman about checking back into a rehab facility.
The first time that Dennis Rodman entered rehab was in May 2008, in Florida. This was an outpatient program and it didn’t help much as the following year, his family had an intervention, asking him to go back to rehab. He reluctantly agreed and later that year, he appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
After completing the program, he entered a sober facility in Hollywood… with no better outcome this time, either, as one year later, in 2010, he was thrown out of an Orange County restaurant for an incident triggered by his alcohol consumption.
The last time he was treated for his alcohol addiction was in early 2014.
But since then, 56-year-old Dennis Rodman has been out of the media spotlight with personal issues and more with subjects linked to his travels to North Korea, a country he has visited four times already. He first traveled to the totalitarian state in 2013. With the occasion, he met personally with dictator Kim Jong Un, whom he said formed a friendship “for life”.
Dennis Rodman played in the NBA for 14 seasons. His sports career spans over three decades. He won five championships, of which three playing for the Chicago Bulls and two for the Detroit Pistons. He also played for the Dallas Mavericks, the Tijuana Dragons, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brighton Bears. In 2011, he was added into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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