Dennis Rodman, despite being retired from the NBA, continues to gather attention, even unintentionally. Former NBA rebounding champ was spotted in Australia, where he arrived for a speaking tour, according to local sources.
Rodman was spotted in the airport, wearing a bright green and yellow Adidas jacket, white pants and dark shades.
Known as one of basketball’s most colourful and controversial athletes, Rodman spoke to Sunday Mail prior of his Bad Boy Tour.
“It’s very cool to be here,’’ Rodman said. “I’m not taking it too seriously but it’s kind of cool that people asked me to come out here. I don’t come to this part of the world too often so it’s kind of cool.’’
Rodman said he had some affinity with Australia through his contact with Australian basketball players. Rodman’s former Chicago Bulls teammate Luc Longley was Australian too.
Rodman said he wasn’t chasing fame any longer, but was rather trying to tell his story and create something for those closest to him.
“I’m not trying to impress anybody — I’ve been doing it for so long,’’ Rodman said. “I do what I do for the children. But it’s great and it’s fun and it’s time for a new chapter.’’
Later, Rodman spoke with Matt Tilley & Jane Hall for Breakfast on KIIS 101.1, touching upon a range of topics, from Madonna to Michael Jordan to North Korea.
Rodman dated Madonna when he was still playing for the San Antonio Spurs and then Chicago Bulls. On the show, Rodman answered a question on how Madonna wanted to have kids with him.
“She called me in the middle of the night. I was in Vegas on the craps table,” he said. “I said ‘what you want now, dammit’. She said ‘you gotta come now, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready’. I said, ‘I’m in Vegas, you in New York’. She said ‘get on the plane, now’.”
“So I left $100,000 on the table, had to get a private plane and then do what I gotta do and get back on a plane and come back to the craps table. I rolled the dice with her then came back to Vegas and rolled the dice again. I had no problem with that,” Rodman said.
While he never had a child with Madonna, Rodman is a 53-year-old father of four children.
Speaking about North Korea, Rodman said the following: “I have no problem with it because I did nothing wrong. It’s cool, everything turned out very well and hopefully one day I may go back.”
Rodman earned an estimated $US29 million during his celebrated basketball career in salary alone — plus endorsements — but was reportedly broke as he faced legal action over alleged outstanding child support payments in 2012. Rodman denied the claims at the time.
He has also courted controversy over the decades, most recently for his trips to North Korea where he struck up a friendship with the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
Rodman was a two-time All-Star, and playing in 911 career NBA games, he averaged 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He won two NBA rings as member of the Detroit Pistons in 89 and 90, and later won three more rings with the Chicago Bulls in 96, 97 and 98. Rodman is also in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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