118 Facts About Dennis Rodman


Dennis Keith Rodman was born on May 13,1961 and is an American former professional basketball player.


Dennis Rodman earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice.


Dennis Rodman led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships.


Dennis Rodman experienced an unhappy childhood and was shy and introverted in his early years.


Dennis Rodman repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials.


Dennis Rodman famously wore a wedding dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad as I Wanna Be.


Dennis Rodman pursued a high-profile affair with singer Madonna and was briefly married to actress Carmen Electra.


Dennis Rodman attracted international attention for his visits to North Korea and his subsequent befriending of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2013.


Dennis Rodman was a member of the nWo and fought alongside Hulk Hogan in the main event of two Bash at the Beach pay-per-views.


In professional wrestling, Dennis Rodman was the first-ever winner of the Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament.


Dennis Rodman had his own TV show, The Rodman World Tour, and had lead roles in the action films Double Team and Simon Sez.


Dennis Rodman appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole.


Dennis Rodman was born in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Shirley and Philander Dennis Rodman, Jr.


Dennis Rodman has many brothers and sisters: according to his father, he has either 26 or 28 siblings on his father's side.


However, Dennis Rodman has stated that he is the oldest of a total of 47 children.


Dennis Rodman's mother gave him the nickname "The Worm" for how he wiggles while playing pinball.


Dennis Rodman was so attached to his mother that he refused to move when she sent him to a nursery when he was four years old.


Dennis Rodman was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as the third pick in the second round, joining the rugged team of coach Chuck Daly that was called "Bad Boys" for their hard-nosed approach to basketball.


In Game Six, the Pistons were down by one point with eight seconds to go; Dumars missed a shot, and Dennis Rodman just fell short of an offensive rebound and a putback that could have won the title.


Dennis Rodman began seeing more playing time after Adrian Dantley was traded at midseason to Dallas for Mark Aguirre.


Dennis Rodman went on to win his first big individual accolade.


Dennis Rodman suffered from an injured ankle and was often replaced by Mark Aguirre, but even without his defensive hustle, Detroit beat Portland in five games and claimed their second title.


Dennis Rodman played such strong defense that the NBA stated he "could shut down any opposing player, from point guard to center".


Willis lamented that Dennis Rodman had an advantage in winning the rebounding title with his lack of offensive responsibilities.


Four years later in his biography Bad As I Wanna Be, Dennis Rodman revealed just how far he had fallen.


Dennis Rodman had driven to The Palace of Auburn Hills in February 1993 late one night carrying a loaded rifle in his truck, debating whether or not he wanted to continue living.


The only player to whom Dennis Rodman related was reserve center Jack Haley, who earned his trust by not being shocked after a visit to a gay bar.


Dennis Rodman admitted his frequent transgressions, but asserted that he lived his own life and thus a more honest life than most other people:.


Ever controversial, Dennis Rodman made negative headlines after a head butt of referee Ted Bernhardt during a game in New Jersey on March 16,1996; he was suspended for six games and fined $20,000, a punishment that was criticized as too lenient by the local press.


Missing another three games to suspensions, often getting technical fouls early in games and missing an additional 13 matches due to knee problems, Dennis Rodman was not as effective in the 1997 playoffs, in which the Bulls reached the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.


Dennis Rodman struggled to slow down Jazz power forward Karl Malone, but did his share to complete the six-game Bulls victory.


Dennis Rodman grabbed 20 or more rebounds 11 times, among them a 29-board outburst against the Atlanta Hawks and 15 offensive boards versus the Los Angeles Clippers.


Dennis Rodman was fined $20,000, but it was not even ten percent of what he earned with this stint.


Dennis Rodman dated Madonna and claimed she tried to conceive a child with him.


Shortly after, Dennis Rodman famously wore a wedding dress to promote his autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be, claiming that he was bisexual and that he was marrying himself.


Dennis Rodman played 12 games, received six technical fouls, was ejected twice, and served a one-game suspension.


Dallas guard Steve Nash commented that Dennis Rodman "never wanted to be [a Maverick]" and therefore was unmotivated.


Dennis Rodman played the following season with the ABA's Tijuana Dragons.


The return to the NBA never materialized, but on January 26,2006, it was announced that Dennis Rodman had signed a one-game "experiment" deal for the UK basketball team Brighton Bears of the British Basketball League to play Guildford Heat on January 28 and went on to play three games for the Bears.


In Detroit, he was mainly played as a small forward, and his usual assignment was to neutralize the opponent's best player; Dennis Rodman was so versatile that he could guard centers, forwards, or guards equally well and won two NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards.


Dennis Rodman's rebounding prowess with Detroit and San Antonio was aided by his decreased attention to defensive positioning and helping teammates on defense.


Daly said Dennis Rodman was selfish about rebounding, but deemed him a hard worker and coachable.


Dennis Rodman averaged 11.6 points per game in his second season, but his average steadily dropped: in the three championship seasons with the Bulls, he averaged five points per game and connected on less than half of his field goal attempts.


However, this plan backfired, as Dennis Rodman hit 9 of the 12 attempts.


In 14 NBA seasons, Dennis Rodman played in 911 games, scored 6,683 points, and grabbed 11,954 rebounds, translating to 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game in only 31.7 minutes played per game.


Dennis Rodman additionally made two All-NBA Third Teams, two NBA All-Star Teams and won seven straight rebounding crowns and finally led the league once in field goal percentage.


Dennis Rodman was recognized as the prototype bizarre player, stunning basketball fans with his artificial hair colors, numerous tattoos and body piercings, multiple verbal and physical assaults on officials, frequent ejections, and his tumultuous private life.


Dennis Rodman was ranked No 48 on the 2009 revision of SLAM Magazines Top 50 Players of All-Time.


At the August 1997 Road Wild event, Dennis Rodman appeared as the Impostor Sting hitting Luger with a baseball bat to help Hogan win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.


Dennis Rodman fought alongside Hulk Hogan, and Malone tagged along with Diamond Dallas Page.


Dennis Rodman bested Malone again as he and Hogan picked up the win.


Dennis Rodman returned to WCW in 1999 and feuded with Randy Savage.


On July 30,2000, Dennis Rodman competed on the i-Generation Superstars of Wrestling pay-per-view event.


Dennis Rodman fought against i-Generation champion Curt Hennig in an Australian Outback match; Hennig won the match by disqualification.


Dennis Rodman came out of retirement to appear as a contestant on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, broadcast on CMT.


Dennis Rodman was the winner of the series, defeating other challengers such as Butterbean and Dustin Diamond.


In 1995, Dennis Rodman appeared as himself in an episode of the CBS situation comedy Double Rush.


In 1996, Dennis Rodman had his own MTV reality talk show called The Dennis Rodman World Tour, which featured him in a series of odd-ball situations.


That same year, Dennis Rodman had two appearances in releases by rock band Pearl Jam.


In 2005, Dennis Rodman became the first man to pose naked for PETA's advertisement campaign "Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur".


Also in 2005, Dennis Rodman published his second autobiography, I Should Be Dead By Now; he promoted the book by sitting in a coffin.


Dennis Rodman became Commissioner of the Lingerie Football League in 2005.


Dennis Rodman has made an appearance in an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun playing the character of himself, except being a fellow alien with the Solomon family.


Dennis Rodman voiced an animated version of himself in the Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror XVI".


Dennis Rodman has appeared in several reality shows: in January 2006, Dennis Rodman appeared on the fourth version of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, and on July 26,2006, in the UK series Love Island as a houseguest contracted to stay for a week.


In 2008, Dennis Rodman joined as a spokesman for a sports website OPENSports.


Dennis Rodman writes a blog and occasionally answers members' questions for OPEN Sports.


Dennis Rodman was the fifth contestant eliminated, on March 29,2009.


Dennis Rodman raised $20,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was the sixth contestant eliminated, on April 7,2013.


In March 2013, Dennis Rodman arrived at the Vatican City during voting in the papal conclave for the selection of a new pope.


In July 2013, Dennis Rodman joined Premier Brands to launch and promote Bad Boy Vodka.


Dennis Rodman provides vocals on the single "Dennis Rodman" and uncredited vocals on "I'm Thinking About Horses".


Dennis Rodman married his first wife Annie Bakes in September 1992.


On November 14,1998, Dennis Rodman married model Carmen Electra at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Nine days later, Dennis Rodman filed for an annulment claiming he was of "unsound mind" when they married.


Dennis Rodman later stated that it was an "occupational hazard" to be "Rodman's girlfriend".


Moyer and Dennis Rodman married in 2003 on his 42nd birthday.


Michelle Dennis Rodman filed for divorce in 2004, although the couple spent several years attempting to reconcile.


Dennis Rodman's daughter Trinity is a professional soccer player for the Washington Spirit.


Dennis Rodman had previously reconciled with his father in 2012 when he made a trip to the Philippines after years of being estranged.


Dennis Rodman entered an outpatient rehab center in Florida in May 2008.


Dennis Rodman initially refused to enter rehabilitation because he wanted to attend the Celebrity Apprentice reunion show.


In 2009, Dennis Rodman agreed to appear on the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew.


Dennis Rodman remained a patient at the Pasadena Recovery Center for the 21-day treatment cycle.


On January 10,2010, on the same day that Celebrity Rehab premiered, Dennis Rodman was removed from an Orange County restaurant for disruptive behavior.


On January 15,2014, Dennis Rodman again entered a rehabilitation facility to seek treatment for alcohol abuse.


In December 1999, Dennis Rodman was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a valid driver's license.


In July 2000, Dennis Rodman pleaded guilty to both charges and was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines as well as attend a three-month treatment program.


In early 2003, Dennis Rodman was arrested and charged with domestic violence at his home in Newport Beach for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee.


Dennis Rodman was fined $1,000 and ordered to serve 30 days of home detention.


Dennis Rodman received three years of probation and was ordered to undergo one year of domestic violence counseling as well as 45 hours of community service, which were to involve some physical labor activities.


On November 21,2016, Dennis Rodman was charged with causing a hit and run accident, lying to police, and driving without a license following an incident on Interstate 5 near Santa Ana, California, in July.


Dennis Rodman was sentenced to three years of probation and 30 hours of community service.


Dennis Rodman was ordered to pay restitution and donate $500 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.


In January 2018, Dennis Rodman was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach.


Dennis Rodman pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges and received three years of probation.


On October 18,2019, Dennis Rodman was charged with misdemeanor battery after slapping a man at the Buddha Sky Bar in Delray Beach, Florida.


On July 24,2015, Dennis Rodman publicly endorsed Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.


In 2020, Dennis Rodman endorsed and campaigned for the presidential campaign of rapper Kanye West.


On February 26,2013, Dennis Rodman made a trip to North Korea with Vice Media correspondent Ryan Duffy to host basketball exhibitions.


Dennis Rodman later said that Kim was "a friend for life" and suggested that President Barack Obama "pick up the phone and call" Kim, since the two leaders were basketball fans.


Dennis Rodman said that Kim has a daughter named Kim Ju-ae, and that he is a "great dad".


Dennis Rodman noted that he planned to train the North Korean national basketball team.


Dennis Rodman stated that he is "trying to open Obama's and everyone's minds" and encouraged Obama to reach out to Kim Jong-un.


In December 2013, Dennis Rodman announced that he would visit North Korea again.


Dennis Rodman said that he has plans to take a number of former NBA players with him for an exhibition basketball tour.


Dennis Rodman made comments on January 7,2014 during a CNN interview implying that Kenneth Bae was at fault for his imprisonment.


Two days later, Dennis Rodman apologized for his comments, saying that he had been drinking and under pressure.


Dennis Rodman added that he "should know better than to make political statements".


Some members of Congress, the NBA, and human rights groups suggested that Dennis Rodman had become a public relations stunt for the North Korean government.


Dennis Rodman said that Rodman's rant raised awareness of his case and that he wanted to thank him for his expedited release.


On June 13,2017, Dennis Rodman returned to North Korea on what was initially described as a sports-related visit to the country.


Dennis Rodman added that he hoped to accomplish "something that's pretty positive" during the visit.


Dennis Rodman met with national Olympic athletes and basketball players, viewed a men's basketball practice, and visited a state-run orphanage.


Dennis Rodman was not able to meet with Kim Jong-un, but met instead with the nation's Minister of Sports and gave him several gifts for Kim, including two signed basketball jerseys, two soap sets, and a copy of Donald Trump's 1987 book The Art of the Deal.


Dennis Rodman posted a video on Twitter that was recorded before he left for the visit in which he and his agent describe the mission of the trip.


The US State Department, White House officials, and Dennis Rodman all denied any official government involvement in the visit.


Otto Warmbier, an American student held captive in North Korea for 17 months, was released to US officials the same day as Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea.