Throughout stretches of his career, Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was often unpredictable on and off the court. Rodman had moments on the floor that spoke to his erratic behavior that filtered through his life away from basketball. However, he did have some questionable decisions on the court, which one of them came during his time with the Chicago Bulls. Rodman was involved in an infamous situation during a game where he kicked a cameraman in the groin and paid a hefty settlement out of court after he was sued.
Dennis Rodman’s erratic behavior
During his time with the Detriot Pistons, Rodman had proved to be a vital piece to the puzzle in their success, helping them win back-to-back NBA titles at the tail endo f the 1980s.
However, his career began to take a different path after he demanded a trade from the Pistons and was moved to the San Antonio Spurs. His bubbly personality began to show more clearly. Rodman started to dye his hair while his off-the-court matters became more prevalent.
That led to a short tenure with Spurs that has a few tumultuous moments that did create some internal conflict around the team. It saw San Antonio elect to trade Rodman to the Bulls before the 1995-96 season, where he wound playing four seasons with the franchise.
He proved to be an integral part of the team’s success, winning three NBA titles, but it didn’t come without some controversy as he was involved in a couple of notable incidents during the game. One of which Rodman decided to kick a cameraperson and paid dearly for that mistake.
Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman
During his stint with the Bulls, Rodman had his fair share of head-scratching moments on and off the court.
One of those incidents came on Jan 15, 1997, against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Following a missed free-throw attempt Rodman attempted to corral the rebound over Kevin Garnett, but lost his balance and fell out of bounds.
As he collected himself after the play, freelance cameraman Eugene Amos turned his camera to Rodman. That immediately followed with a swift kick by the star forward to Amos near his groin area. Moments later, the cameraman had turned over in pain and was carried off on a stretcher a few minutes later and was treated at a local hospital.
The situation didn’t stop there as Amos filed an assault report against Rodman with an intent to pursue an assault charge. The likely outcome of the possible case would have landed the star big man with a fifth-degree assault that could entail serving up to a year in prison along with a $3,000 fine.
Dennis Rodman’s $200,000 settlement, and hefty NBA punishment
Although Rodman potentially faced some serious legal issues ahead with the filed assault charge, the situation was handled outside of court.
The Bulls forward agreed to a $200,000 settlement while Amos stepped away for a couple of weeks from his position. According to Rodman’s agent, he had a “cordial conversation” with the cameraman that allowed the two to move forward without any lingering ill will toward each other.
It didn’t take long for the NBA to step into the matter as the league suspended him without pay for 11 games and fined him $25,000. At the time, it was the second-longest punishment in league history and cost Rodman more than $1.1 million. He also had to go through counseling during his suspension then meet with commissioner David Stern before the All-Star Game and convince him to be reinstated.
All that played a part in what turned out to be Rodman’s final season in Chicago.