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Former NBA star and consistently odd human being Dennis Rodman got some press this week when meeting his father for the first time in 42 years. Rodman’s daddy acknowledged being a rolling stone, having 29 kids with 16 different women, with many of those kids turning out as normal as Dennis Rodman. The sad thing about it all is that like some of the worst men out there, Rodman’s father forgot that being a dad means more than just showing up to have s*x with the woman.
Rodman’s dad tried to meet him in Manila in 2006, but he was rejected. This time around, he was given the chance to meet his most famous child. The two shook hands after an exhibition game in the Philippines.
“It was great,” said Rodman’s father. “I’ve been trying to meet him for years. And then last night, boom, I met him. I was really, really happy and very surprised.”
Rodman was there to be part of an NBA alumni team, which included Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen and Mitch Richmond. The group played against some top pros in the Philippine Basketball Association in an All-Star Challenge. Rodman’s team won the game.
Rodman’s father Philander said that he wanted to explain to his son why he left, but he didn’t get any time. They only exchanged greetings and Dennis got ready for the game. His dad has been living in the Philippines for the last 50 years.
“I really, really felt good,” he said. “It’s the beginning of something new.”
Rodman’s dad gave his number to his son, and his son promised to give him a call.
“I don’t hate the guy that brought me into this world,” Dennis Rodman said. “The fact is, if I saw him, I’ll just tell him, ‘You know, you’re a friend of mine.’”
Rodman acknowledged his father’s presence at the game toward the end when he addressed the audience. The crowd clapped in approval. Dennis’ father, a 71-year old Vietnam Vet, runs Rodman’s Rainbow Obamaburger restaurant.
So, it appears that even though he didn’t have time to raise his son when he wasn’t famous, he’s glad to use his name and even the name of another famous black man (Obama) whose father was not there for him either. How convenient.