Five-time MVP champion Dennis Rodman was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to a DUI case in January.
The Orange County District Court handed down the sentence after the 56-year-old pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. The blood alcohol content limit in California, like the rest of the country, is .08 percent.
The report said that he was also ordered to pay $390 in fines and attend an alcohol program that lasts nine months.
On Jan. 13 this year, Rodman was flagged for a traffic violation at around 11 p.m. at Newport Beach’s West Coast Highway. He was subjected to breathalyzer test and the result was three times the legal limit, or 0.21%.
Attorney Paul Meyer, who represented the former basketball player, had said that his client immediately enrolled in a rehab facility for outpatient treatment. He said that Rodman acknowledged that he has a problem that needed to be addressed.
“No one questions his big heart and care for others,” Meyer added. “In recent months he completed his community service obligation by donating many hours in long-term care facilities and making a real difference in people’s lives.”
The attorney also said that Rodman gets a shot at inspiring others who are in similar boat as him to turn their lives around.
At least, Rodman received what constitutes as a legal slap on the wrist. Back in January, a California DUI law expert said that the former player may face jail time because he already broke his earlier probation deal.
The multiple rebounding king, known for his moniker “The Worm,” won a couple of titles for the Detroit Pistons and three more when he teamed up with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen with the Chicago Bulls. Rodman’s personal demons even during his playing days are well-documented.