From NBA Star to 'Deadbeat Dad?'

Dennis Rodman could be facing jail time over failure to pay child and spousal support (PHOTO: LA TIMES / March 27, 2012)

ORANGE, Calif. (KTLA) -- He was once one of the most feared and celebrated rebounders in the NBA. But on Tuesday, Dennis Rodman barely escaped being sent to jail for failing to pay spousal and child support.

It may be only a brief respite for the onetime hoops star. Rodman, who faces up to 20 days in jail, was ordered to return to court in Orange County on May 29.

Through March 1, Rodman, 51, owed $808,935 in back child support for the 9- and 10-year-old children that he had with his third wife, Michelle Rodman, her attorney, Jack Kayajanian, said in court documents.

Rodman also owed $51,441 through March 1 in back spousal support, Kayajanian alleged in court documents.

Michelle Rodman is also requesting attorneys' fees

According to court documents, Rodman is "extremely sick," "broke" and is in no position to pay hefty child and spousal support payments.

His attorney, Linnea Willis, said in court documents that Rodman is barely capable of paying for his living expenses, let alone the $5,000 he has for one child from another relationship, and the $4,500 monthly payment for spousal and child support to Michelle Rodman.

The attorneys who have represented him to date have worked pro bono, Willis said.

"Respondent Dennis Rodman is broke and cannot afford any additional fees," according to court documents filed on his behalf.

He is "extremely sick" and his marketability is diminishing with age and illness, according to the documents.

Rodman, who played on championship Chicago Bulls teams with Michael Jordan before coming to the Los Angeles Lakers, often led the NBA in rebounds. He has a long history with Newport Beach, whose police were called to his Seashore Drive home in West Newport 80 times during the eight years he lived there.

At the time his third wife filed for divorce, he listed his monthly expenses as more than $30,000, according to a 2004 article in the Los Angeles Times.

Michelle Rodman listed her monthly expenses as $17,000.