NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman had a rough childhood. When he was 18-years-old, his mother kicked him out of the house, and Rodman had to survive independently.
With the help of friends, Dennis Rodman stayed out of trouble and never got into drugs. However, the Chicago Bulls legend once got beaten up and had a shotgun put in his face for dating a white woman.
Dennis Rodman was beaten up and threatened for dating a white woman
Dennis Rodman told a terrifying story about how he was beaten up and threatened for dating a white woman growing up when he did an interview with The Breakfast Club. The five-time NBA champion was seeing a white girl when two white men took him and the little white boy he was hanging out with to a park.
Rodman was beaten up and thrown against a tree. One of the guys beating him up put a shotgun to his head and said he’ll kill him the next time he sees him with a white woman. The little boy, who was friends with Rodman and his girlfriend, was also threatened.
Racism was very prevalent while Rodman was growing up. Fortunately, he wasn’t killed that day and was able to get out of the streets and play college basketball at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
While Dennis Rodman told this story, he began to cry. It clearly was a very traumatizing event for The Worm.
Dennis Rodman carved out a Hall of Fame NBA career
While known mostly for his rebounding instincts, Dennis Rodman is arguably the most versatile defender in NBA history. Rodzilla could guard every position on the floor, and that skillset helped him win two Defensive Player of the Year Awards with the Detroit Pistons.
Rodman led the NBA in rebounds seven times. He also made eight All-Defensive teams and played in two All-Star games. Rodman only averaged 7.3 points per game for his career. However, he grabbed 13.1 rebounds per contest.
Dennis the Menace won two titles with the Pistons and three with the Bulls. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011, a fitting end to what was a dramatic upbringing.
Dennis Rodman played in 911 games with the Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Bulls, LA Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks. He grabbed 11,954 rebounds and recorded 611 steals and 531 blocks.
Nobody was doing what Demolition Man did
Not only was Dennis Rodman a superstar in the NBA, but he was a wild partier. The big man dated Madonna, Carmen Electra, and Vivica A. Fox, three of the most beautiful girls in Hollywood.
If there was a crazy party going on back in the day, Rodman was there. He was hanging out with all the A-list celebrities and lived his prime years to the fullest.
Dennis Rodman played with Isiah Thomas on the Pistons and Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen on the Bulls, and he was still able to remain in the limelight. He was never a star on offense, but Rodman captivated fans on and off the court all the time.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.