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Throwback to when Dennis Rodman Head-butted a Ref


Date: 3/18/1996
Game: Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

Dennis Rodman will always be remembered for his antics both on and off the court. "The Worm" is known as one of the most epic head cases in the history of the NBA and given the incredible list of ridiculous situations he managed to get into during his career, head-butting the referee doesn't really seem that outrageous, this is Dennis we're talking about, it could have been worse

At the time, though, it was such a shocking act that NBA senior vice president Rod Thorn termed it as "chaos."

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The Chicago Bulls forward was fined more than $200,000, based on a salary of more than $30,000 per game plus the $20,000 fine and an automatic $1,000 fine for being ejected. Rodman was penalized for head-butting Referee Ted Bernhardt during Saturday's game against the Nets at Continental Arena, then creating a scene before finally leaving the court.

It's hilarious to see Phil Jackson laughing at the entire scene, he's probably thinking to himself about the size of the fine Dennis is about to receive. Usually, Rodman is the one getting other players so frustrated, like the whole Frank Brickowski bullying incident and countless other — however, this particular time he made an absolute fool out of himself.

After the head-butt had occurred, Dennis probably realized he was going to get fined so he decided to spice it up a little bit by throwing his jersey on the court and trashing the water cooler.

At the end of the day, Rodman was lucky. If there was a criminal prosecution, he would have likely faced a battery charge. Simple battery in Illinois carried a sentence of up to one year in jail or a $1,000 fine, while the aggravated battery was punishable by two-to-five years in prison.

Say what you want about him, but this man right here was one of the greatest rebounders who ever played in the NBA. He used to get smashed at nightclubs and then show up the next day and grab more rebounds than anybody.


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