There was once time when Bruce Jenner was an Olympic hero. Jenner even held the unofficial “world’s greatest athlete” title for several years, after winning the gold medal in the men’s decathlon event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
In 2015, Bruce became…Caitlyn. Caitlyn Jenner.
In an April 2015, 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner came out as a trans woman saying she had dealt with gender dysphoria since her youth, and that, for all intents and purposes, “I’m a woman.”
Jenner cross dressed for many years and did hormone replacement therapy but stopped after the romance with Kris Kardashian in the early 1990s.
Many celebrities came out commenting on the issue, including Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman.
Rodman, who was known to wear a bride’s dress himself, reportedly called TMZ, saying he’s extremely proud of the way people are accepting Caitlyn.
He also said society has come a LOOONG way in just a few short decades.
According to TMZ, Rodman said he specifically remembers spending HOURS trying to talk Sports Illustrated into letting him pose on the cover in women’s clothing back in 1995.
Rodman said he thinks Jenner is breaking down some huge barriers for the LGBTQ community. Former NBA rebounder said that a lot of athletes will now be coming out, saying they’re gay.
Rodman went on to say that he wouldn’t mind going out with Caitlyn himself.
“If you wanna go on a date with me brotha, let me know,” Rodman said, according to TMZ.
This is while Rodman believes Jenner wouldn’t have been so safe if he pulled something like this in the 1990’s.
Bruce Jenner would have had his “ass handed to him” if he came out as a transgender woman back in the ’90s, said Rodman.
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.
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