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Dennis Rodman Believes Sobriety Hurt His Career

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Dennis Rodman becomes emotional during his Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement at the ceremony in Springfield, Mass., Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Dennis Rodman becomes emotional during his Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement at the ceremony in Springfield, Mass., Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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(WSCR) When an athlete abstains from substance abuse, typically their career will flourish.

According to a report, however, that’s not the case for former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman. The Hall of Fame center said he became “boring” when he got sober briefly eight years ago and that no team wanted anything to do with him.

“People wouldn’t even touch me,” an emotional Rodman said. “I was boring. I wasn’t the Dennis Rodman of old.”

The change didn’t last long as Rodman began to drink 19 months after testing out sobriety. Now, his agent, Darren Prince, said Rodman spends three to four nights a week out at various night clubs.

“He tells me, ‘Darren, I drink because I’m bored.’ And I tell him, ‘You’re bored because you drink.’ I keep telling him, ‘You can still be the bad boy, you just don’t need to do it out at night clubs until 2, 3 in the morning.

“I know if he got sober, he could get a coaching job. He could be a rebounding coach, possibly work in the front office. We’ve had many discussions with TNT and others, and they all say the same thing — he’s too risky, because they don’t know if he’s going to show up drunk or not show up at all.”

 Rodman also discussed the relationship he has with his 24-year-old daughter, who he has seen roughly five times in her life.
“That sucks. That just sucks,” Rodman said. “I made a decision so I have to just stick with it and live with it. It’s not too late to change. I have to make that decision sooner or later. If not, I guess I have to take it to my grave.”
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