know. Where does he live? Where was he arrested? What was the exact
charge?I responded, in order: Yes, but I never met him or saw him. On the
beach in West Newport, the leading party-hearty section of town. Woody's
Wharf. Being (allegedly, of course) drunk in public.
And thanks to Greg Risling's story in the Daily Pilot last week, I was
able to pass on the delicious tidbit that Hurricane Dennis' house is the
leading cop stop in the city. Six calls to quell outrageously noisy
parties -- the most recent coming less than 24 hours after his arrest at
So far, at least, Rodman has only been fined. Methinks he's earned
something more significant.
If I'm not mistaken, there is a provision in Newport's noisy-party law
that allows officers to cart the host off to jail if repeated calls have
been made. If there is, it's about time to crank that up.
And I can hear Judge Susanne Shaw saying it now: "Mr. Rodman, it's
obvious to the court that these fines mean nothing to a multimillionaire
superstar such as you purport to be.
"It's also obvious that you have no concern whatsoever for the peace,
comfort and quality of life of your neighbors. Thirty days!
"And should you ever come before this court again on similar charges, I
am ordering the Newport Beach Police Department and the District Attorney
to research the red-light abatement statutes and determine how they might
apply to your situation.
People here in Colorado basically think Rodman is a jerk. "He looks like
a jerk, talks like a jerk and swaggers like a jerk, so I must assume he
is a jerk," one of the fellows said, paraphrasing the old duck analogy.
I told him I had no firsthand experience that would allow me to make such
a judgment. But I would put up my personal fortune he was absolutely
The only problem with sending Rodman to jail is, he would simply turn his
sentence into a circus. He would hold court, not serve time.
Jailers would be asking for autographs and the media would flock to the
county jail seeking interviews with the ex-Laker. They'd want photo ops
of Dennis mopping the floor and going through the chow line. He'd