Dennis Rodman and bizarre behaviour have gone hand in hand since his heyday as an NBA star, and now the former Chicago Bulls player is being accused of randomly slapping someone in the midst of a party, allegedly with no provocation or apparent reason.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the 58-year-old ex-athlete was attending a party when he walked up to Jeff Soulouque — described as an “acquaintance” — and slapped him across the face, allegedly leaving Solouque with a swollen face and a corneal abrasion.
“I was like, ‘What is your problem?’” Soulouque told the newspaper. “It was out of nowhere. He just hit me and I was blindsided and he started charging me.”
Soulouque, who said he had met Rodman several times previously, is friends with one of Rodman’s managers, and claimed he was talking to someone who was standing behind Rodman when Rodman abruptly whirled around and struck him. He added that Rodman then apologized to him, and offered to take him to dinner to make up for what he had done.
Rodman’s lawyer, however, tells a very different story. “We deny that any incident occurred,” attorney Lorne Berkeley said. “Once a thorough investigation is completed, the incident will not be substantiated.”
However, an eyewitness backs up Soulouque’s claim. David Lee Roth (not the former Van Halen frontman) told police that he was about 20 feet away when he saw Rodman hit Soulouque twice, adding that he did not know of a reason for the alleged attack.
Rodman made headlines earlier this month when he was accused of stealing a 400-pound amethyst crystal from a yoga studio.