Dennis Keith Rodman is considered one of professional basketball’s all-time greatest players. He started off with the Detroit Pistons in 1986 and grew within a short while to become one of the team’s dominant defender and rebounder. Rodman was equally a great asset when he joined the Chicago Bulls; he led them to multiple championships and was ultimately inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2011.
Date of Birth: May 13, 1961
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Rodman in his younger days did not appear quite athletic or outward going. He was short for most of his years in high school, was cut out from his school’s soccer team and he quit basketball also because it wasn’t looking like something he should be doing. After high school, Dennis found work as a janitor but in his off-time, could be found practising at local basketball courts. He kept playing until he caught the attention of a family friend who in turn introduced him to coaches that became his helpers.
He is famous also as a wrestler, for his reality show appearance, his love for tattoos and piercings and his unusual friendship with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Rodman has had his own fair share of romantic relationships; he has been with a number of celebrity girlfriends and got married to three different women with each union ending in divorces. Keep reading to know all there is to know about the family life of “TheWorm”.
Philander Rodman Jr. (father)
Air force pilot and Vietnam War veteran Rodman ran off with another woman when Dennis was just eight years old and for decades, he never set eyes on his son. Philander is famous for his philandering lifestyle and is reportedly the father of 29 children with 16 women. After he left his three kids, he moved to Philippines where he opened a bar but now runs Rodman’s Rainbow Obamaburger restaurant. For 42 years, he was estranged from his son but they eventually met in July 2012 after an exhibition game in Manila, Philippines.
According to Philander, he was surprised his son agreed to meet him on that day as he had been trying for years to meet his celebrity son. Papa Rodman wished he had time to explain to his son that he never abandoned him but Dennis was only able to spare a few minutes for handshakes with his dad as he had tons of autographs to sign and had to get on the move, they parted with Philander giving his number to his son for him to keep in touch.
Shirley Rodman (mother)
She had three kids with Philander before he abandoned them to be with other women. After her husband left, Shirley moved to Dallas where she struggled to keep her children fed and clothed by taking almost any odd job that came her way. Things between Dennis and his mother were not always good as she was not in support of his lifestyle. She wanted him to be more “responsible” and one time issued an ultimatum that he was to go to college, enlist in the armed service or get another job. She eventually packed his bags and kicked him out of her house then basketball became for him his savior. Mother and son eventually mended their relationship and today, Shirley is incredibly proud of her son’s achievements despite his very rough start.
Kimberly Rodman (younger sister from same parents)
Kim attended Stephen F. Austin University. She is 6 ft 1 in tall.
Debra Rodman (younger sister from same parents)
Debra Rodman played 4 seasons for Louisiana Tech University from 1980-84, where she was part of 2 national championship teams. Her height is 6 ft 3 in.
He has at least 26 half-siblings from father side.
Annie Bakes (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: September 28, 1992 – 1993 (1 year)
Date of Birth: February 26, 1965
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Annie is also known as Anicka was a former model who had to end her career due to a car accident that left her body scarred. She met Dennis in 1986 and they dated for nearly seven years before tying the knot. They got married on their daughter’s fourth birthday but split a few months after. She is the mother of Rodman’s first child and they continued to co-parent their daughter even after their short-lived marriage came to an end.
Carmen Electra (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: November 14, 1998 – April 6, 1999 (a few months)
Date of Birth: April 20, 1972
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Tara Leigh Patrick (her birth name) is involved in the entertainment industry and rose to fame from the hit TV show Baywatch in the late nineties. She met Dennis then they were opportune to work together and what was first a professional relationship grew into love and ultimately to a marriage. Their relationship was indeed a passionate one according to Carmen but they also had absolutely horrible moments as well.
Rodman filed for annulment claiming he was of unsound mind when they both wed. They reconciled however and stayed a few more months together until their final divorce without any kids together. On November 22, 2003, Carmen married Dave Navarro, lead guitarist for the rock band Jane’s Addiction but their divorce again was finalized a few years into their marital union. Electra is not just an actress but a glamour model, guitarist and singer who has also launched her own lingerie line.
Michelle Rodman (nee Moyer) (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: May 13, 2003 – 2012 (9 years)
Date of Birth: April 28, 1967
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
The beautiful blonde was far from lime light until she was linked to the NBA star. They met in 1999 at a bar, dated for a few years and by 2003, on Dennis’ 42nd birthday, both lovers were married.
Alexis Rodman (daughter with Annie Bakes)
Date of Birth: September 28, 1988
Zodiac Sign: Libra
She is the first child to the basketball star and is also the only child he had with his first wife Annie. Just about a year ago, Alexis had her first child named Vincent with her husband and Dennis took to his social media to announce how thrilled he was to be a first time grandfather.
Dennis “D.J.” Rodman Jr. (son with Michelle Moyer)
Date of Birth: 2000
He is the only son to the retired basketball star and like his father; D.J. is very much interested in the sports. He plays at Corona del Mar H.S. in California and in his father’s own words, the younger Rodman is a beast on the court and would one day be rocking an NBA university.
Trinity Rodman (daughter with Michelle Moyer)
Date of Birth: May 20, 2001
Zodiac sign: Taurus
She is the youngest child to the star athlete and might in the nearest future take after her father in his love for sports.