A former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader who claims that Dennis
ATLANTA (AP) _ A former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader who claims that Dennis Rodman gave her herpes is just the latest woman to try to take advantage of his fame and fortune, the NBA player has testified
Three or four women a year falsely claim that Rodman fathered their children, hoping to get money, he told a federal jury Wednesday. He said some women, like ex-cheerleader Lisa Beth Judd, exaggerate their romances with him.
``I think it goes along with the image″ of a basketball star, he said.
Judd, of Orange County, Calif., is suing Rodman for unspecified damages. She claims he infected her with genital herpes when they had sex on Jan. 14, 1993.
Herpes is an incurable disease that is transmitted by sexual contact. A March 1993 blood test shows that Rodman was exposed to the virus, but Rodman denies that he has ever had the painful blisters that mark herpes.
Rodman, 34, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, described himself as a sensitive man who didn’t want to be in a serious relationship because of the pressures of his job.
He said he didn’t sleep around and preferred to see the same women, even while he was married to the mother of his daughter.
``I’m very particular about who I sleep with,″ he said.
He told the jury about another sexual partner, a woman he dated secretly because her family wouldn’t want her to date someone from a different race. He said that they would travel separately to the same location to avoid being seen together and later rendezvous for sex.
Although he said he was fond of Judd, he denied ever telling her he loved her. They were friends, he insisted.
``I cared about her ... but at the end of every conversation (about her family problems), I would say, `I’ll always be a friend,‴ he said.
Judd, 24, said she dated Rodman off and on for almost two years, until they finally broke off contact in January 1993. She says he infected her when he was in town for a game against the Atlanta Hawks as a member of the Detroit Pistons.
Judd claims that two weeks before she had sex with Rodman, two of his sexual partners told him they thought they had herpes. Rodman denied that. He said he got the blood test only because one of the women complained of a vaginal ``irritation.″
He said he had no reason to think that he might have herpes at the time he had sex with Judd. But under cross-examination, her attorneys pointed out that he said in a deposition that he had a herpes outbreak in March 1993.
Rodman said he had misinterpreted the word outbreak and said he had had dry skin or a rash in the genital area.
Rodman continued to say that he has never been told by a doctor that he has herpes and said his doctor has treated him for a ``bacterial infection.″
Rodman also testified about numbers _ his rebounding statistics, his $2.5 million salary and the six or seven lovers he had from 1990 to 1993. He quipped that he was not as prolific as Wilt Chamberlain, the basketball great who claimed he had sex with 20,000 women.
Rodman then told the jury about the number of women he had infected with herpes _ zero.
Rodman’s agent, Cornelius Draddy of Washington, testified Wednesday about his client’s finances. After paying taxes and debts that include $120,000 in annual family support and a $200,000 loan from the Spurs, Draddy said Rodman’s net worth is about $600,000 a year. Rodman’s finances were in question because Judd seeks punitive damages.