$1,000 pledged after Rodman gas dispute | VailDaily.com

$1,000 pledged after Rodman gas dispute

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The co-owner of a Glenwood Springs gas station says he would be happy to pick a worthy charity for $1,000 supposedly being sent to clear up a misunderstanding with former basketball star Dennis Rodman.

But, Scott Paulson says, he has yet to hear from Rodman’s people about the promised donation.

“I’m assuming that’s really going to happen,” said Paulson, a partner at the Tomahawk Auto Truck Plaza in west Glenwood Springs.

Rodman reportedly paid only $20 for a gasoline bill of more than $40 and walked away with a cowboy hat without paying for it July 26. He driving a Lamborghini in a charity automobile rally, during which he was ticketed for speeding twice elsewhere in western Colorado.

Local police decided not to charge Rodman for the alleged gas skip after a mystery female basketball fan entered the store last week and paid the remainder of what he owed for the gas.

Police also decided no criminal action was warranted regarding the cowboy hat because it appears Rodman may have thought he was given the hat in exchange for signing his autograph for a clerk.

Darren Prince, Rodman’s agent, told an Associated Press reporter that Rodman’s sponsor during the rally, GoldenPalace.com, has pledged to donate $1,000 to a Colorado children’s charity of the gas station’s choice because of the misunderstanding.

Prince told The Associated Press that Rodman had offered to pay the gas station, but Prince never heard from the store or police. “He thought the whole thing was blown out of proportion,” Prince said.

Paulson said if he receives the $1,000, he’s open-minded about where to direct it. “I can guarantee we’ll pick out a good charity,” he said.

Neither Rodman nor his agent had heard that someone had paid the gas bill until an AP reporter contacted them after the Post Independent learned the anonymous woman had come forward.

“Dennis definitely feels it’s somebody he knows,” Prince, who was in China Thursday with Rodman for some exhibition basketball games, told the AP by phone. “Somebody that knows Dennis the person and knows he would never intentionally steal something like that.”

As for the hat, Paulson said he didn’t witness the incident, but his understanding from the clerk is that there was no promise made of a hat for an autograph.

“He said, ‘can I have this hat’; she said ‘no, can I have this autograph,'” Paulson said.

Paulson called it a “frivolous moment” in which the clerk was “giggly with excitement” over meeting with Rodman.

Paulson has fielded a number of calls from the media over the incident. Given the interest from television stations, he said he wishes he had some footage of Rodman’s visit to offer them.

“If we had had our act together with the video (camera), think what we could have done,” he said.

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