Former NBA player, Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has officially entered the zone in which people will believe anything they read about him, no matter how outrageous it might be.
A story that Rodman might be heading to the Middle East to meet with ISIL (also known as ISIS) terrorist group went viral, and the former basketball star himself was forced to deny the rumor.
The satirical story in The National Report was a take-off on Rodman having flown to Pyongyang several times to meet reclusive North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. When the satirical website reported that Rodman was now going to the Islamic State’s enclave to “tell them what I think and maybe they’ll change their methods,” more than 70,000 people shared the story, believing it was true.
Hollywood gossip site TMZ asked Rodman’s agent about the issue, and the rep said the story was a complete bogus, adding that Rodman was in Hong Kong on business.
The National Report claimed Rodman said on ISIL: “There’s a lot of things they are doing that just ain’t cool. I’ll tell them what I think and maybe they’ll change their methods.”
“I think my basketball skills will help a lot too, boxing people out of the paint at times when it counts, like the 4th quarter. I was thinking about getting a sweet ISIS tattoo to let them know that I mean business,” the fake article said.
After Rodman went to North Korea with other former basketball players, it is no surprise a lot of people actually bought the whole ISIL story.
Rodman played in 911 NBA games (573 started), averaging 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He also won 5 NBA championships (2 with Detroit Pistons, three with Chicago Bulls).
Rodman had his best rebounding season with the Detroit Pistons in 91-92, when he led the league in rebounds per game, with 18.7 rpg. He was a two-time All-Star, and won the “Defensive Player of the Year” award twice, in 89-90 and 90-91. He led the NBA in rebounds per game 7 times.Follow @exnbadotcom
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