The former NBA star and Southeastern Oklahoma standout was pulled over and ticketed twice Tuesday while driving his gold-and-black Lamborghini through Colorado in a charity rally race, according to the Colorado State Patrol. In between he was involved in a minor crash and later accused of stealing a hat in what he says is a "misunderstanding" at a gas station in Glenwood Springs.
"It's been that kind of day for me," Rodman said in a phone interview late Tuesday. The incidents were first reported by the Summit Daily News in Frisco, Colorado.
A clerk told police that Rodman tried on a cowboy hat at the Glenwood Springs store, said he liked it, signed an autograph, then put $20 on the counter for gas.
"Unfortunately $40 worth of gas was put in the car, and there was the cost of the hat to consider," Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson told the city's Post Independent newspaper.
Rodman said he went into the gas station to prepay for his gas, then signed several autographs. A woman employee gave him a hat, he pumped his gas and left.
"The lady gave it to me," he said, adding he has the gas receipt. "If they want me to pay for the hat, I'll give them double for it."
Wilson said Rodman ran up a total bill of about $67 at the station, including gasoline and the hat. He paid about $20, Wilson said. Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, said he and Rodman learned of the accusations through the media and had not been contacted by authorities.
Rodman has spent the past four days driving his sports car — complete with his face painted on either side — in the Bullrun USA 2005, a 3,000-mile, one-week race for charity with celebrity drivers.