Dennis Rodman charged after allegedly slapping bar patron

Rodman is accused of striking a patron in a Delray Beach bar — twice — while he was celebrating his 58th birthday in May, according to a police report. It wasn’t immediately clear why it took so long for Rodman to be charged.

The alleged victim told the Florida Sun-Sentinel in May that the slaps were unprovoked. “I was like, ‘What is your problem?’” he told the newspaper. “It was out of nowhere. He just hit me and I was blindsided.”

Rodman told TMZ at the time: “Whatever happened, happened, but it didn’t happen.” (Check out the video above.)

A lawyer for Rodman said: “We deny that any incident occurred.”

On Thursday, a defense lawyer entered a plea of not guilty to the charge in a Delray Beach court, NBC reported.

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Former US basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) is surrounded by the media as he arrives at Beijing International Airport from North Korea on January 13, 2014. Rodman returned to China from Pyongyang after a seven-day trip where he sang 'Happy birthday to you!' to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on January 8. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) arrives at Beijing International Airport from North Korea on January 13, 2014. An emotional Dennis Rodman appeared to break down on January 13 as he apologised on his return from a controversial trip to North Korea, where he sang 'Happy Birthday' to regime leader Kim Jong-Un. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rodman has had previous arrests, including one for suspected driving under the influence in California last year, and another after a hit-and-run car wreck in 2016. In May, the hall-of-famer was accused of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of clothing from a California yoga studio, but it doesn’t appear any charges will be filed.

Rodman’s most recent claim to fame has been his unusual friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which started when Rodman traveled to Pyongyang to watch an exhibition game by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2013. 

On Thursday, Rodman refused to take Tucker Carlson’s bait on Fox News and bash LeBron James for criticizing an NBA manager who praised the Hong Kong protesters. “NBA players have an obligation to do one thing — it’s to play sports,” said Rodman. “When you put politics with sports, it doesn’t mix.”

Rodman could face a maximum of a year in jail if convicted. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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