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Dennis Rodman’s ex-wife files restraining order in Orange County court


Dennis Rodman was upbeat before entering court in Orange County on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

It may be “all about the kids” for former basketball star Dennis Rodman, but a court administrator in Santa Ana yesterday decided Rodman should stay away from his.

The court granted a temporary restraining order filed against Rodman by his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, preventing him from visiting her or their two kids, the Orange County Register reports.

The rest is so much chatter from the lawyers: Rodman’s attorney says Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Renee Wilson made a decision based on a “one-sided story.” An attorney for Michelle Rodman explained that “She’s got to take care of those kids and not have any disruptions and when he’s around, it’s chaos.”

Beautifully, Rodman’s lawyer told the Register in a statement: “Mr. Rodman will never bash the mother of his children, regardless of what she says or does.”


Dennis Rodman skips jail, sentenced to community service in OC child support battle


Dennis Rodman was upbeat before entering court in Orange County on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Dennis Rodman avoided jail, this time -- but he did not avoid 104 hours of community service for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support.

“Like I always said, it’s all about the kids,” Rodman, 51, told reporters as he entered court in Orange this morning. The tattooed, pierced and sometimes cross-dressing star has feuded for years with his ex-wife Michelle Rodman over custody and support of their two children, ages 11 and 10 (some reports put their ages at 10 and 9).

The NBA Hall of Famer received his sentence in Orange County Superior Court today, and was also ordered to make back-payments -- a disputed amount said to be in the neighborhood of $800,000 -- to his ex-wife by the end of October.

How exactly he’ll do that is unclear, as the former star -- once paid millions of dollars a year for his defensive prowess on the court -- is now broke and suffering from alcoholism, according to his finance manager Peggy Williams.


World Peace talks about not shaking hands after Lakers beat Denver in Game 7

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, right, of Spain reacts after scoring as Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried reacts as well during the second half in Game 7 in their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 96-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

THe Los Angeles Lakers defeated the the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, 96-87 in Game 7 of a first round series.

"Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum dominate inside, combining for 39 points and 35 rebounds while Steve Blake comes off the bench to hit five of six three-pointers and score 19 points," the L.A. Times reports excitedly.

Metta World Peace, after contributing 15 points, five rebounds and four steals in his first game back after a 7-game suspension for a controversial elbow to James Harden's head, told ESPN "I don't shake substitutes' hands," speaking about Harden's stand-in for Monday's game against Oklahoma City Thunder.


Arms deal: Lakers' Metta World Peace suspended seven games for elbow swing

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Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, stands between an official and Oklahoma City Thunder player after Lakers' Metta World Peace (15) was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in L.A.

Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games, the NBA announced Tuesday. It is his tenth league suspension since 2003, notes the L.A. Times.

During last Sunday's game, Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden suffered a concussion when his head connected with MWP's swinging elbow.

Harden has not yet been cleared to play.

The suspension means World Peace will miss out on Thursday's regular-season finale at Sacramento. He also would not be eligible to play in six playoff games, should the Lakers soldier forth into that territory.

Any remaining part of his suspension will be applied to the beginning of next season.

He will not be paid for missed games.


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner



House of cards: Jury selection begins in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / Upper Deck case

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Former LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the SiriusXM Studios in NYC in February 2012 (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar turned 65-years-old on Monday just in time for jury selection to begin in his Upper Deck trial.

The former LA Laker is suing the trading card company for allegedly using his image without permission, and in doing so, damaging the commercial value of his identity and compromising his standing among peers and fans.

Upper Deck contends that Abdul-Jabbar sustained no damages, claiming they had a two-decade-long relationship with the basketball star.

The suit, filed in August 2010, focuses on the "Greats of the Game" trading cards and the use of Abdul-Jabbar's  image from his UCLA days.

According to the prosecution, the 2008 contract in question expired after 18 months and was for the use of professional career images only.

Representing the six-time National Basketball Association champion is attorney John Gaule; David Skilling is representing defendants The Upper Deck Co. Inc.