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Jury Orders Rodman to Pay $80,000

November 3, 2001

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Dennis Rodman must pay a casino dealer $80,000 for rubbing dice on him in 1997, a jury ruled.

Rodman wasn’t required to appear in the Clark County District Court case, and he didn’t testify. Former Mirage craps dealer James Brasich sought $300,000 in damages, claiming Rodman humiliated him.

It is the first of a series of lawsuits to go to trial against Rodman by people who say he mistreated them in Las Vegas casinos.

Rodman’s lawyers didn’t deny that Rodman rubbed Brasich with the dice. They said it was for luck.

Jurors deliberated a little more than an hour Friday afternoon before returning their 6-2 verdict.

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