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Dennis Rodman briefly talks to father after 42 years

Jul 19, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

Rodman meets father AP

I’m not going to play amateur psychologist here, I’m just going to lay out the facts.

Dennis Rodman never really knew is father, who skipped out on Rodman’s family 42 years ago. Also, his father is named Philander Rodman Jr., who claims to have fathered 29 different children by 16 different mothers. (Yes, that is his real name.) The elder Rodman lives in the Philippines where he owns a chicken restaurant. Just be thankful he’s not your father.

Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was in Manila for an exhibition game when his estranged father set up a meeting between them for the first time in 42 years, according to the Associated Press, who had a guy there.

Philander, who has been living in the Philippines for nearly 50 years, said Thursday he wanted to explain to his son that he did not abandon his family in the United States, but they only had time for greetings and handshakes.

No snark, no comments here, because there really isn’t any angle of this that isn’t a combination of disgusting and sad.

  1. hwatt - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Be careful what you name your children.

    • blackandbluedivision - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      lol. He has 29 of them. I hate to know what their names are.

  2. florida727 - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    If you’ve fathered (and are bragging about) TWENTY-NINE kids by SIXTEEN different women, you’ve got problems that no greeting and handshake will ever fix. This clown obviously has no respect for women, or marriage, or “family”, or anything that resembles moral principles. His only interest is in getting laid, and if it results in a kid, oh well, so what. Explains a lot about Rodman though.

    • blackandbluedivision - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Which is why he’s been in the Phillipines for 50 years.

  3. massivedick - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    well we know which side the worm’s freaky genes came from.

  4. phaden27 - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Hmm, well okay. Next article.

  5. beavertonsteve - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Well let’s all just be happy they didn’t name him Murderer…

  6. bizmarks12 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    “Dennis Rodman never really knew is father”

    You mentioned sadness and disgust towards the end but the real sad and disgusting thing is that you Kurt Helin do not know how to spell. It is “Dennis Rodman never really knew HIS father” for God’s sake!

  7. philliesblow - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    29 kids / 16 women? Dude makes Shawn Kemp and Antonio Cromartie look like slackers.

    • michiganhockey11 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      I was just about to say it make Cromartie look like a choir boy…

  8. metalhead65 - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    can we just stop with the stories about a attention seeking freak who has been out of the game for how long? it was bad enough when he played but to continueafter he retired? just let him fade away already!

    • michiganhockey11 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Greatest rebounder to ever play.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        maybe but to bad there is more to basketball than rebounding. playing in the era he did where you were aloud to keep a hand on a player he got away with murder on defense and could not score a bucket outside of 3 feet from the basket. and in his freakshow act and I hate the guy and everything about him. he did not start out like that as I remember the story about him helping out a kid and practicky being adopted by his family. nice heart warming stuff until he found out he could get more coverage by turning into the freakshow that is his life.

      • blueintown - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        Please turn in your basketball card immediately, metalhead. You are no longer welcome here or within three-hundred yards of any basketball facility of any sort.

    • davidly - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      Go elsewhere, why don’tcha? Or would you also be an attention seeking freak?

  9. senorpapino - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    16 women? That was an average Tuesday for Wilt.

  10. jolink653 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    And I’m sure all 29 of those kids are productive, law-abiding members of society

    • duane888 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Gee, could i possibly sense racial overtones in that sarcastic remark?!

      A previous poster already had the best remark: “okay, next article”

  11. charlutes - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    …Philander, that’s just perfect.

  12. badintent - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    “Papa was a rolling stone, where ever he laid his hat was home, and when he died, all he was, was alone………………” for some popcom from T.O. name the musical group that sang this song.

  13. chicagosworth - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:23 AM


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