Former NBA nice Dennis Rodman has been accused of slapping a person throughout a celebration earlier this yr in Florida.
Prosecutors in Palm Seaside County filed a misdemeanor cost of straightforward battery towards Rodman, who lives in Fort Lauderdale.
The previous basketball participant was celebrating his 58th birthday at Buddha Sky Bar on Might 17 when he allegedly received into an altercation with one other man.
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Jeff Soulouque, 31, of Miami was talking with somebody who was immediately behind the retired basketball participant when Rodman “rotated and smacked him,” the Solar-Sentinel reported.
Soulouque claimed in a Delray Seaside police report that it was unprovoked.
“I used to be like, ‘What’s your drawback?’” he informed the newspaper quickly after the incident. “It was out of nowhere. He simply hit me and I used to be blindsided and he began charging.”
Based on police, Soulouque claimed Rodman was apologetic — and even invited him to dinner to make up what occurred. He mentioned he solely determined to press prices after waking up the following day and noticed his face had swollen.
Soulouque informed the Solar-Sentinel that he suffered a corneal abrasion from the slap and was having issue concentrating at work. The officer who wrote the affidavit after the incident mentioned he didn’t observe any swelling.
An lawyer for Rodman appeared in a Delray Seaside courtroom on Thursday and entered a plea of not responsible on his behalf.
Rodman’s lawyer Lorne Berkeley denied the accusation and mentioned an investigation will exonerate the retired participant.
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If convicted, Rodman might withstand a yr in county jail, 12 months of probation and a $1,000 wonderful.
The Related Press contributed to this report.