Dennis Rodman is a former professional basketball player, actor, and political envoy from the United States. His estimated net worth is $500,000. He played for the Bulls in the 1990s and the Pistons in the late 1980s, which is arguably when he became most well-known as an athlete. He has more recently performed semi-diplomatic duties between the US and North Korea.
In Trenton, New Jersey, on May 13, 1961, Dennis Rodman was born. The oldest of his father’s 47 offspring, Rodman is said to be the oldest. Not a typo, that. And as if that weren’t absurd enough, Dennis’ father had the ironic last name of Philander. Shirley, Rodman’s mother, reared him in Dallas and worked a variety of odd jobs to provide for the family after his father moved to the Philippines. The next time he saw his father was in 2012.
At Dallas Forth Worth International Airport, Rodman worked as a nighttime janitor after completing his high school education there. He was barely 5 feet 6 at the time and was therefore unable to participate in the athletic teams at his high school.
He eventually reached a startling growth spurt and reached a height of 6 foot 7 before deciding to attempt basketball once more. He played for one semester at Cooke County College before failing out owing to bad grades. He later changed schools and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he excelled and was named Most Valuable Player.
Career in Professional Basketball
The Detroit Pistons took notice of Rodman while he was a college student. The Detroit Pistons selected Dennis with the third choice in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft. Up until 1993, he was a member of the Detroit Pistons. After that, he played for the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks. His basketball career came to an end in 2000 when he was let go by the Chicago Bulls.
Dennis Rodman, well known by the moniker “The Worm,” was well-known for both his outrageous on-court antics and his fierce rebounding prowess. He was a two-time NBA all-star, a five-time NBA champion, and the league’s reigning champion in offensive rebounding seven times in a row.
He twice won the NBA Defensive Player Award and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team seven times. In April 2011, the number 10 on his Pistons jersey was retired. The same year, he received his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Rodman appeared in 911 games, totaling 6,683 points and 11,954 rebounds during the course of his 14 seasons with the NBA. This equates to 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game in just 31.7 minutes per game.
Career in Wrestling
From 1997-1999 Rodman competed as a professional wrestler for the WCW at one point (World Championship Wrestling). He had always enjoyed it as a hobby, but after he stopped playing basketball, he became more serious about it. At a Bash at the Beach event in July 1997, Johnny played his first game.
He teamed up with Hulk Hogan, but they were defeated by The Giant and Lex Luger. Rodman and Hogan teamed up once more to assist Hogan in winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at the Road Wild event in August 1997. Before taking a break, he participated in a few more Bash the Beach events. In 1999, he returned to the WCW and engaged in a feud with Randy Savage.
In July 2000, Rodman announced his retirement from wrestling after competing at the i-Generation Superstars of Wrestling pay-per-view and losing to Curt Henning. In 2008, he briefly exited retirement to compete in Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling show. He prevailed over other competitors like Eric Esch and Dustin Diamond to win the series.
The Rodman World Tour, Rodman’s own MTV reality program, debuted in 1996. A year later, he costarred with Mickey Rourke and Jean-Claude Van Damme in the action movie Double Team, which served as his debut feature film. Despite the negative reviews, the movie won him three Golden Rasberry Awards. He appeared in two other movies, Simon Sez (1999) and Cutaway (2000). In a number of television programs, including 3rd Rock from the Sun, he has portrayed himself.
President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un held a historic peace summit in Singapore in June 2018, and Rodman facilitated it. Rodman received support from the Pot Coin startup in 2018. He wears Pot Coin shirts and hats nonstop when visiting North Korea.
He was the first male to ever perform a naked photo shoot for PETA in 2005. In 2005, Rodman was appointed commissioner of the lingerie football league. He also participated in the UK reality series Love Island and the UK edition of Celebrity Big Brother in 2006. Additionally, he participated in Celebrity Mole on ABC, where he took home the $222,000 top prize. He participated in two seasons of Celebrity Apprentice, from 2009 to 2013.
Dennis Rodman has acted somewhat like an American envoy to North Korea in recent years. He has visited North Korea on multiple occasions, the first being to arrange a basketball demonstration in 2013. He has continued to visit despite travel restrictions.
Rodman has written two autobiographies, both of which have contributed to his popularity as a writer. He launched his first book, Bad as I Wanna Be, in 1996 while dressed as a bride. He did book promotion for his second, I Should Be Dead By Now, which came out in 2005 while lying in a casket.
During his NBA career, Dennis earned $27 million in salary, which is the same as around $43 million today after adjusting for inflation. His peak earning season was 1996-97 when he earned $9 million, which is the same as around $15 million today. That season he was the 10th highest-paid player in the league. Unfortunately, Dennis lived an equally large lifestyle and experienced a number of financial troubles later in life.
The early 1990s saw the divorce of Rodman and Annie Bakes. In 1988, their only child, Alexis, was born. In November 1998, Rodman wed Carmen Electra at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas. Less than four months later, Electra filed for divorce. In 2003, Rodman wed Michelle Moyer. Trinity and Dennis Jr. were their children.
Both of the kids are active; in 2019, Dennis Jr. will play college hoops for Washington State, and in 2020, Trinity will play women’s soccer for the Cougars. Although the pair attempted to patch things up for many years, Michelle filed for divorce in 2004. In 2012, their marriage was annulled.
Rodman has experienced problems with alcohol abuse. He was detained for driving while intoxicated in 1999, and fines of $2,000 were imposed. In April 2004, he was detained once more for drunk driving. In May 2008, he checked into a Florida recovery facility. After a family and friend intervention in 2009, he had a relapse and refused to go back to rehab.
He did consent to take part in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’s third season. He checked himself into the Pasadena Recovery Center for a 21-day stay. He then checked into a Hollywood Hills sober living residence. His mother Shirley was waiting for him there. Seven years had passed since their estrangement.
Rodman was expelled from a Los Angeles restaurant in January 2010 for causing a disturbance. Following a binge that “none of us had seen before,” according to his agent, Darren Prince, Rodman checked himself back into rehab for alcohol consumption in January 2014.
Dennis Rodman appeared in court in Detroit on March 27, 2012, to answer allegations that he owed an ex-wife over $800,000 in child support. According to Rodman’s attorneys, the former sports icon was bankrupt and unable to make any payments. Remember that Rodman made just about $27 million in salary alone over the course of his NBA career.
His earnings through endorsements, book sales, appearance fees, and other sources totaled millions more. He also suffered a little financial loss as a result of fines and suspensions. Rodman was hit in the groyne by a ref in 1997, which resulted in a $200,000 fine AND an 11-game suspension. He lost $1 million in profits as a result of the incident.
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