Rodman, On the Rebound
Jan. 15, 1997 - Even for Dennis Rodman, his action was outrageous. After the Bulls forward tripped over cameraman Eugene Amos along the baseline during Chicago's 112-105 victory over the Timberwolves in Minneapolis, he purposely kicked Amos, landing a shot in the groin. Amos needed medical assistance to leave the floor.
"If we were on the streets, it would not be okay," said Amos' attorney, Gale Pearson. "You've got to call it what it is, and that's an assault."
Rodman was a two-time loser. Settling out of court, he paid Amos $200,000. Rodman also received an 11-game suspension, the longest of his career, from the NBA. That cost him $1.1 million in salary.
Rodman said the cameraman embellished his injuries. "I thought I hit him in the thigh, then all of a sudden he went back," Rodman said. "I said, 'What's wrong with you? I'm sorry I hit you.' He says, 'Get away from me.' All of a sudden he passed out. I'm like, 'Yeah, right.' "
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