This article contains the biography of Dennis Rodman, a professional black American Basketball Player.
Dennis Keith Rodman who is popularly nicknamed “the worm” is a retired professional basketball player, wrestler, an author, and a TV show star. The award-winning basketball player has been in 3 failed marriage with 3 children in his lifetime.
Read on to find a more interesting life history and biography of Dennis Rodman.
Dennis Rodman Early Life and Education
Dennis Keith Rodman was born on the 13th of May in 1968 in New Jersey in Trenton. His father; Philander Rodman was an Air Force member in the Vietnam War and his mother; Shirley Rodman carried out an odds job in supporting the family.
Rodman was raised with little attention and care as his father got separated from his mother to start another family. He is the oldest child of his parents with two sisters; Debra and Kim Rodman.
Rodman attended a high school at South Oak Cliff where he tried many times without success to join a basketball team. In 1983, he later attended North Central Texas where he was able to join the basketball team after his rapid growth to 7 inches.
His involvement in the basketball team was cut short as he dropped out of school due to bad performance. He later transferred to the Southeast Oklahoma State University in 1999, Where he finished his schooling.
He worked briefly as a Janitor at Dallas North International Airport overnight before he ventured into basketball fully.
Dennis Rodman Career
Another important part of the life history of Dennis Rodman is his Basketball career which started in 1986. Dennis was signed by the Detroit Pistons after his NBA draft in 1986 where he earned $4.3 million as his salary. He played for the team and won many games for many years. Until 1989, when he demanded to be transferred to another team despite having some years left in his contracts.
He was transferred to San Antonio Spurs where he played for 3 years. Since then, he has been transferred and played for many other teams including Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers before he retired from the game.
During his active years in basketball game, Dennis Rodman was known for his energetic, fierce rebounding and defensive skills. He plays always in a small forward position and later switches to power forward position on the basketball court. Dennis Rodman won the NBA’s All-Defense first team Honor about 7 times with many others award during his active years in the game. He also made millions of dollars while partaking in the hobby.
After his retirement from Basketball, Rodman started another career in Wrestling and film making. In the year 1996, he started a TV show series; Rodman World Tour where he interviews important figures and guests. In 1997, he made his debut wrestling match with his friend Hulk Hogan against Lex Luger and The Giant. Since then he has partaken in many matches and won different awards.
Rodman has also featured in many reality TV shows including Celebrity Appearance, Celebrity Big Brother, Love Island, and many others. He also made a debut movie titled Double Team with Mickey Rourke and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Double Team alone earned him 3 Golden Rasberry Awards. His two other films include Simon Sez which was released in 1999 and Cutaway in 2000.
In 2011, Dennis Rodman was remembered for his huge contribution and role in basketball and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He tried to make a comeback by that time but he failed.
Dennis Rodman Personal Lifestyle and Family
Another highlight of the biography of Dennis Rodman is his personal Lifestyle. Dennis Rodman portrayed himself as a bad guy all through his career. With tattoos all over his body, piercing of some parts, and dyed hair, he intrigued his fans while carrying out his life activities.
Dennis Rodman as said earlier has been in 3 failed marriages and has gone ahead to date different women. He met and married Annie Bakes in 1990; a professional model with who he was in love. Unfortunately, they got separated but with a child from the union (Alexis Rodman).
He later remarried in 1998 with Carmen Electra but they ended up separately in the same year. In 1993, he also started another relationship with Michelle Moyer. He got married to her after she was pregnant in 2003. Michelle Moyer gave birth to two children for Dennis; Trinity and D.J Rodman before they were separated in 2012.
Since then he has dated many celebrities, and models including Stacy Yarbrough, Jenna Jameson, Jeanie Buss, Vivica Fox, and so on.
Apart from being a basketball professional player, he is an author of 3 autobiographies of Dennis Rodman telling his own stories including; As Bad as I Wanna Be released in 1996, Walk on the Wild Side released in 1997, and I Should Be Dead by Now in 2005.
All of his relationships ended with alleged infidelity, abuse, and even chronic Alcohol addiction. Dennis is a chronic alcohol addict.
He was arrested for driving while drunk in 1999 and paid about $2000 fines. In 2004, he was arrested again and had to go for rehabilitation after another arrest in 2008. He had another relapse in 2009 and had to go to another facility for rehabilitation(Hollywood Hills).
In 2009, Dennis Rodman reunited with his mother Shirley after his estrangement with her for 7 years. He later reunited with his father back in 2012 after he made a trip to the Philippines. Philander Rodman later died of complications of prostate cancer at 79 years old in July 2020.
Awards and Career
The biography of Dennis Rodman won’t be completed without mentioning his awards and recognition. Despite his wayward life, he has won many international awards in the NBA.
Below are his awards;
- In 2011, he was inducted in Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class
- The NBA Champion 5 times in different years (1989, 1990, 1996, 1997 and 1998)
- Both in 1990 and 1991, NBA Defensive Player of the Year
- In 1992, the IBM Award
- Both in 1990 and 1992, NBA All-Star
- The Class of 2017, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
- In 1986, the Basketball Times National Player of the Year
- In 1983, 1984, 1985, NAIA All American Award
- All NAIA Selection twice
- All-National Tournament honor for both 1984 and 1985
Controversies About Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman has appeared in the news for many reasons; both good and bad. A common example is his divorce hearing with his ex-wives. He was reported to owe about $800,000 survival funds needed to support his children’s growth.
He was also fined for violence for Kicking a cameraman during his active days in a Basketball Game of $200,000. Dennis Rodman was also arrested on a guilty charge domestic violence at a hotel in Los Angeles hotel on the 30th of April in 2008. He was later placed under 3 years of probation after compelled to undergo a year counseling with 45 hours of physical labor and community service.
He also attracted many negative comments and criticism when he met with the North Korean President Kim Jong Un over a basketball exhibition who he later tagged as a friend of life. He later helps in organizing a peaceful summit between Donald Trump; the president of America and North Korea President.
Dennis Rodman Net Worth
Dennis Rodman made millions of dollars from his basketball career not to talk of his earnings from wrestling, TV shows, and other fruitful ventures.
Remember he made $12 million from his contract with the Detroit Pistons alone. Not to talk of his annual salary of $7 million for playing for the same team for 7 years. He also earned about $5million when he was still in San Antonio Spurs. Not to talk of his annual salary from all other teams he played for.
Dennis Rodman is estimated to be worth $600 based on many reports but he is currently in debt. He is even unable to settle his ex-wife and children’s survival funds. From the report gathered, the 59 years old basketball stars have sold his numerous cars and currently living modestly.