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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.
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.”

Michelle Rodman, 44, lives in Costa Mesa with their children ages 10 and 9. Rodman, 51, now lives in Florida but has been out here a lot for the court proceedings -- and to face the continued possibility of jail time -- in this protracted custody and child support battle.

Just two days ago he was sentenced by a different court commissioner to 104 hours of community service for failing to pay child support. He was also ordered to make the back payments -- a disputed amount said to be in the $800,000 range -- by October.

Unfortunately, the onetime basketball/party legend is flat broke and suffering from alcoholism, according to his finance manager Peggy Williams, who put it this way, as quoted in the Daily Pilot: “You cannot get blood from a turnip.”

The restraining order, which remains in effect until a June 21 hearing, means Rodman may not come within 100 yards of his ex-wife, their children or an adult daughter of Michelle Rodman’s from a previous relationship, the Register reports.