- Dennis Rodman is commonly thought of the most effective rebounding ahead in NBA historical past
- The New Jersey native received 5 NBA championship rings earlier than retiring in 2000
- He welcomed three youngsters with two girls
Dennis Rodman‘s life off the basketball court docket has been as a lot a spectacle as when he was often known as the “Unhealthy Boy” of the NBA. Earlier than retiring in 2000 with 5 championship rings and the non-official title of “finest rebounding ahead in NBA historical past” (per SBNation), Dennis handed out $100 payments to Detroit’s homeless, missed a stadium opening as a result of he was coloring his hair and wearing a marriage robe to marry himself in 1996, per Vulture.
His love life has been a bit all over as effectively. Earlier than being romantically linked to each Madonna and Carmen Elektra, Dennis was married to his first spouse Annie Banks, and so they welcomed daughter Alexis. Along with his third spouse, Michelle Moyer, he welcomed a son, Dennis Jr. and one other daughter, Trinity. Nevertheless, the athlete admitted he wasn’t at all times enjoying his A-game when it got here to being a father.
In 2019, forward of the discharge of his ESPN documentary, Rodman: For Higher or Worse, Dennis revealed his “main demon” is “making an attempt to persuade” himself that he’s “a superb dad.” He advised ESPN on the time, “It’s arduous for me. It’s very arduous for me to attempt to escape of that cycle. It’s simply a type of issues the place I by no means had anybody to ever try this [be a dad] for me and I believe typically, ‘Why am I doing it for any individual else?’”
Extra lately, nevertheless, the basketball icon has made strikes to reconcile his previous parenting fails. Be taught all about his three youngsters, how they responded to his dad do-over and the place they stand with the previous “Unhealthy Boy” of the NBA, under.
On Sept. 28, 1988, Dennis and Annie welcomed their solely youngster collectively, daughter Alexis. Because the couple had been on-and-off, they married in September 1992 however divorced 82 days later. In 2013, Dennis mentioned he had simply seen 24-year-old Alexis for the primary time in “years,” per Oprah: Where Are They Now?.
The NBA icon gave the impression to be in Alexis’ life years later when she welcomed her first youngster, son Vincent, together with her husband, Robert Bunfill, whom she married in 2014. “Wow, congrats to my daughter Alexis and her husband for the start of their 1st child: Vincent!,” Dennis tweeted in June 2017. “I can’t consider I’m a Grandfather!” Alexis doesn’t seem to have an Instagram account as this time.
Trinity made her grand entrance into the world on Could 20, 2002, welcomed by her mother and father, Dennis and his then-girlfriend, Michelle Moyer. The couple married in Could 2003, however didn’t elevate Trinity collectively. “We received’t dwell collectively,” Dennis told the Los Angeles Times after his wedding ceremony to Michelle. “I prefer it like that. She and the children come over on weekends.”
Michelle filed for divorce in 2004, however the couple remained legally married till 2012, when she filed for divorce once more.
“Having a dad like I do, nobody asks about my mother as a result of she’s clearly not an NBA star,” Trinity told The Guardian in 2021. “However I simply need individuals to know that my mother’s been my help system in every little thing in life … She’s an especially sturdy girl. She’s my position mannequin.”
In the meantime, Trinity has been making a reputation for herself within the soccer world. The gifted ahead started her profession within the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League after being drafted second total in 2021 at simply 18 years previous. And in her first recreation, the younger athlete scored a objective for her Washington Spirit group — and made historical past by turning into the youngest American goalscorer in league historical past. And now she’s enjoying within the U.S. World Cup!
Whereas she definitely shares some superb athletic genes together with her well-known father, Trinity’s relationship with him hasn’t at all times been their sturdy level. “I go months if not years with out his presence or communication,” Trinity said on Instagram in November 2021. “We don’t have the most effective relationship, however on the finish of the day he’s human I’m human… he’s my dad, and I’m his little woman that may by no means change.”
A 12 months later, Trinity revealed she is pleased with their standing. “I’ve gotten closure with all of it,” she advised the Los Angeles Times. “I do know he’s pleased with me. I actually do. He has his personal issues to cope with however on the finish of the day, he’s communicated to me that he is aware of I used to be going to be right here, and that’s all I would like.”
Dennis Jr. “DJ”
Dennis and Michelle welcomed their first youngster collectively, son Dennis “D.J.” Jr., on April 25, 2001. DJ was destined to hit the basketball court docket and he did it in a serious manner. In Could 2019, D.J. made an thrilling announcement on Instagram, revealing his dedication to play school basketball at Washington State College in Pullman, Washington, ranging from the 2019-2020 season.
Quick ahead 4 years to Could 2023, and he let the world know that he’s altering up his journey by transferring to the College of Southern California to hitch the Trojans’ group. Curiously, he’ll be teaming up with Bronny, the eldest youngster of none aside from NBA legend LeBron James. It’s a big transfer for each gamers, and followers are eagerly wanting ahead to seeing them in motion collectively.
In the meantime, DJ hasn’t been afraid to talk overtly about being raised by single mother Michelle. On Father’s Day in June 2020, he dedicated an Instagram post to her, who he mentioned “performed each father and mom figures” all through his life. “Comfortable Father’s Day to the one who assist me develop as much as the individual I’m right now and performed each father and mom figures for my entire life❤️.”