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This Day In Sports History (January 17th) — Dennis Rodman
It was on this day in 1997 that the NBA handed out an 11 game suspension to Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman. Rodman was suspended for kicking cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin.
The incident occurred two days earlier when the Bulls took on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. After a missed free throw, Rodman went after the rebound and tripped over some camera equipment that was sitting just over the end line. Upset about his fall, Rodman proceeded to kick cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin area, which led to him being carted off the court. Dennis agreed to a $200,000 settlement with the cameraman and if you factor in the 11 game suspension without pay, the incident cost Rodman over $1 million.
Dennis Rodman is considered by many to be one of the best defensive players and rebounders in basketball history. However, many people will remember Rodman for his controversial antics off the court, rather than his great play on it.
Here is footage of the incident.
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