Philander Rodman Jr. left Dennis when he was three years old and never heard from him again until one day in 1992 he showed up at the Berto Center, in a Bulls practice.
"I just want to let you know that I am your father,"
he said, something that the then eccentric center did not believe until he saw him give interviews and sign autographs in the stands at the legendary team's next game.
Many of the 'Worm' follies can be understood from that childhood of poverty in Dallas, when his mother, Shirley, threw out the shy and lazy teenager who in a few years would become the best rebounder in the NBA.
They say that his father, a Vietnam veteran,
had 16 wives and 29 children
Officially, Dennis was only married three times and has three children with whom he always tried to keep in touch, despite his troubled existence.
On Wednesday, the youngest Trinity made history: she became the youngest player ever to be 'drafted' by the American Women's Soccer League (NWSL).
“He was an amazing athlete, and I got those genes from him, but
I'm excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just Rodman's daughter
I'm excited to make my own way and get the best out of this journey, "she confessed to ESPN after being chosen at number two, only behind Emily Fox. The Spirit of Washington bet on her and that Trinity, fruit of the third marriage of the seven-time NBA champion - he married Michelle Moyer in 2003, years after the player and her brother DJ were born;
before he went through the altar with Annie Bakes and Carmen Electra- he has not been able to play any game with Washington State University due to the stoppage due to the pandemic (the Pac-12 tournament was canceled).
But Trinity is accompanied by her fame as a scorer and her good performances with the US national teams.
In March of last year he scored a goal in
the final of the Concacaf U-20 that he won in the USA Team against Mexico
During the tournament he had scored eight goals and distributed six assists.
"Even being in the draft with my situation and my age is crazy, but being the number 2 of an incredible team is something out of this world, I can't ask for anything more," the forward congratulated herself.
“DC has an incredible program, an incredible team.
Coach [Richie Burke] is amazing.
I've talked to him a couple of times.
I know it's tough, but I'm very excited to be his player and learn.
Throughout his life Rodman has struggled with his inner ghosts, trying to act with his children in a radically different way than his own father, who passed away last June, did.
In his speech during his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2011, the Worm, after pausing to keep from breaking into tears, apologized to his children for not being present.
my children want to come and be close to me and I try to understand if I can get it,
" Rodman admitted in a recent interview on ESPN.
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