Dennis Rodman’s dad was living up to his name.
He certainly was a philanderer. This almost seems like it has to be a made-up story, but with Dennis Rodman truth is sometimes crazier than fiction.
He tells the story of how he met his dad for the first time after he left their family when he was 3 years old.
“We were playing the Utah Jazz, and I was late to practice — yep, me, late to practice,” he says. “I was driving in the gate to the Berto Center and this black guy runs up to my truck and says, ‘I need to talk to you. I need to talk to you.’ I said, ‘Dude, I’m late for practice.’ And he said, ‘I just want to let you know that I’m your father.’
“Out the blue, just like that. And I’m like, ‘Oh, come on, I gotta deal with this stuff today?'”
Rodman assumed the man was an imposter; he was growing accustomed to people hustling him for money. He didn’t think any more about it until midway through the game, in the middle of a timeout, when he noticed a commotion in the stands.
“I’m walking back to the bench and I happened to look up and I said, ‘Wait man, what’s going on up there?'” Rodman explains. “And someone said, ‘Dude, that’s your father. He’s signing autographs, doing interviews.'”
“But I’m still thinking it’s a hoax,” he continues. “When the game was over and we went back to the locker room, a reporter said, ‘Did you know your father was up there?’ I said, ‘Nope.’ Then he said, ‘Did you know that he wrote a book about you?’ I said, ‘Nope.’ And he said, ‘Because you know, it was a bestseller.’ I think it’s still a big joke, because this guy came out of the blue and I’ve never seen him before.
“He had 16 wives, and, I think, 29 kids. And I was his first one. Somebody told me that. I’m like, ‘Whatever.’ I was so used to not having a father after 37 years, I’m thinking, ‘You know, it’s a little late. It’s a little late.'”
Rodman’s 30 for 30 comes on tonight at 9pm EST.
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