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

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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.”

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

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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.

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