Ah, Dennis Rodman.
For NBA fans and beyond, the blockbuster basketball superstar is a gift that keeps on giving.
aged 59, and with his milestone 60th birthday arriving in May 2021, the
complicated and controversial former power forward still hits the headlines for
all kinds of reasons. Even though he finally hung up his boots for good around
15 years ago.
the ex-Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons player’s wildest days appear to be
behind him, the internet still searches for, and laps up, the most outrageous
Dennis Rodman stories.
to celebrate the man, the myth, the legend and, of course the great
hall-of-famer, we’ve compiled a list of Rodman’s most memorable news clippings.
been a wild ride.
vs The Referee, Rodman vs The Mascot And Rodman vs The Cameraman
using ‘vs’ in the subtitle is misleading. As far as we know, none of these
folks fought back.
of Rodman’s most infamous incidents were actually on-court.
up, back in 1996 the athlete notoriously head-butted an NBA ref after being
given his marching orders, which was followed by a bust-up with some bins. He
was fined over $200,000 for the trouble.
that’s not all.
also took his ire out on an NBA mascot in a pre-season game. San Antonio Spurs’
coyote was the mascot in question, who also received a headbutt.
let his temper get the better of him during a live game, too.
time a cameraman felt his wrath, taking a powerful kick to the groin that
knocked him out and landed him in hospital.
time Rodman paid the price with an 11-game unpaid suspension, a £25,000 fine
and $200,000 in compensation.
Turns Up Late After Fixing His Hair
as an NBA style icon, Rodman took care over his appearance and fashion choices.
was best shown when the power forward turned up 30 minutes late to the grand
opening of a basketball stadium because he’d been bleaching his hair.
stadium in question was the Alamodome, where Rodman was expected to do drills
it turns out his late arrival went down a storm anyway.
Appears With Pearl Jam
unsurprising that Rodman also knows how to rock.
to be good pals with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, ‘the Worm’ memorably took to the
stage with the beloved US band in Dallas, 1998.
can still see video footage of a shirtless and shoeless Rodman joining the
musicians on stage for a shoulder ride and, erm, jam. Although they eventually
cut his mic.
stories about his friendship with the band have since been revealed.
Rodman even credited the band’s song ‘Black’ with helping him get through tough
The apparent two-month romantic relationship between one of the kings of the court and the ‘Queen of Pop’ was always going to be media gold.
And Rodman has hardly kept his silence since the two stopped dating in the 90s.
of Rodman’s most ‘outrageous’ revelations was his claim that the singer/movie
star once offered him $20 million to impregnate her.
worth noting, however, that Madonna denies this.
has also claimed Madonna locked him in her hotel room, and that she once
appeared post-NBA game in his locker room, uninvited.
think we’ll take all of these with a pinch of salt!
And North Korea
probably already heard this one. But we’ll revisit it again.
has famously traveled multiple times to one unlikely destination…
first reportedly made the trip to North Korea in 2013 to host basketball
exhibitions, Rodman is said to have developed good relations with leader and
apparent b’ball fan, Kim Jong-un.
trips followed, including reported controversy over Rodman’s political
statements, US prisoners and the basketball star’s luxury gifts for Kim.
efforts even earned the term ‘hoops diplomacy’…
1997, despite being at the height of his NBA powers, Rodman also took a fancy
to the wrestling ring.
All was well. That is until 1998, when pay-per-view action clashed with the Bulls’ NBA Finals prep.
what did ‘the Worm’ choose? To skip practice, of course, and team up with
another 90s icon, Hulk Hogan.
Thankfully, playing hooky with Hogan didn’t impact his basketball game.
And Carmen Electra Go AWOL
an inch — 48 hours off from the Bulls — Rodman famously decided to run a mile.
taking off for fun times in Las Vegas for over four days with then-girlfriend
Carmen Electra, the partying eventually had to be put to a stop by none other
than Michael Jordan.
has it that MJ turned investigator, tracking his wayward teammate to his hotel
and physically dragging him out of bed.
eventually went on to marry Electra, briefly, and they famously got up to no
good on the hallowed Bulls’ training turf, too.
Rodman And The Radio Incident
It’s also reported that former rebounder and defensive star Rodman once called into a radio station while he was receiving oral sex.
called up the Miami station to talk about basketball, Rodman apparently
insinuated that he was multi-tasking in a more than inappropriate way.
certainly got more than they bargained for.
Is Dennis Rodman Now?
has been retired from basketball since 2006, when he was last seen shooting
hoops for Brighton Bears.
what about Rodman’s wife and kids? Rodman’s been married and divorced three
first marriage in 1992 lasted just 82 days, while his second marriage to model
Electra almost ended after nine days but ultimately stretched from 1998 to
most recent marriage took place in 2003, before being officially dissolved in
The most well-known Dennis Rodman documentary, where you can catch up on his life pre, during and post-court, is 2009’s Rodman: For Better or Worse.
you can also catch old school footage of him in the 2020 Netflix smash, The Last
Dance. Focusing on the history-making Bulls of the 90s and in particular
MJ, there’s still more than a little screen time dedicated to the legendary
But now it’s said the star has a net worth of $500,000.
Still not bad!
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