Former NBA star and current bizarre newsmaker Dennis Rodman continues to grab attention over his latest trip to North Korea—and his apology for a strange rant concerning an American held captive in the secretive country.
All of the Rodmania prompted Martha Hardwick Hofmeister (pictured), a partner in Dallas’ Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, to recall her own confrontation with the multiply pierced, heavily tattooed, retired basketball player known as “The Worm.”
Years ago, Hofmeister said she represented a client who had a business dispute with Rodman. She traveled to California for a hearing before an administrative law judge, and Rodman, as she recalls, was “super late to the hearing.”
“He comes wandering in, and he’s wearing pajamas and a wool skull cap and sunglasses. And he sat in the corner and slept, and the judge didn’t make him take his glasses off,” Hofmeister said. “It was so freaky. That was the most astonishing part about it. I can’t imagine a judge in Dallas County not making someone take off their sunglasses so we can see them.’’
The dispute eventually ended in a settlement, she said.
“I will say this: He was an interesting opponent because he kept calling me ‘ma' am’ when he was on the record, and then, when we were on a break, he would call me ‘honey,’” Hofmeister said. “He had been well prepared for his deposition.’’
— John Council