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Rodman given chance to 'sober up'

9/5/2003

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Dennis Rodman was released Thursday
night from jail after being arrested earlier in the day after allegedly being drunk in public.

The former NBA player was arrested Thursday afternoon after
police received a call that he was driving his boat in Newport
Harbor while under the influence of alcohol, Orange County
Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

"When we got there, Mr. Rodman was at the dock next to the
(restaurant) attempting to untie the boat. Deputies observed Mr.
Rodman fall to the ground," Amormino said. "They interviewed him
and determined he was under the influence of alcohol, unable to
care for himself or his property."

Rodman, 42, was released Thursday night from the Newport Beach
jail. A police lieutenant told KCAL-TV that Rodman was held to give
him a chance to "sober up."

Outside the jail, Rodman told reporters he fell because he was walking backward.

Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, faxed a statement to ESPN that Rodman said "he has not seen his name on TV or in the paper in the past few weeks and thought that people forgot about his NBA comeback. Now I guess they will remember."

Since Rodman retired from the NBA, Newport Beach police have
gone to his home more than 70 times because of loud parties.

He was convicted of drunken driving. Last year, he was
arrested and accused of obstructing officers investigating a code
violation at his seaside restaurant. Prosecutors did not press
charges.

Rodman, who led the NBA in rebounds seven times, hasn't played
since being released by the Dallas Mavericks after a 13-game stint
late in the 1999-2000 season. He played in 23 games with the Los
Angeles Lakers before being let go late in the 1998-99 season.

"Rodman also said this will probably be his last party due to his upcoming tryouts," Prince told ESPN. "Rodman will be trying out with several NBA teams over the next few weeks."

He earlier played seven seasons with the Pistons, two with the
San Antonio Spurs and three with the Chicago Bulls. He began his
NBA career in 1986 in Detroit.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.