Dennis Rodman Meets Father For First Time In 42 Years
Rodman Sr. Owns A Hamburger Shop In The Philippines
Dennis Rodman has finally reunited with his father. The former NBA star and renowned wildman met his dad, Philander Rodman, after being estranged from him since he was five-years-old.
Rodman, 51, met up with his father for the first time in 42 years while the former Chicago Bulls player was in the Philippines for an exhibition basketball game.
Cameras flashed as the pair shook hands, and even though it was a brief encounter of only a few minutes, Rodman Sr. says he's grateful his estranged son agreed to meet him.
"It was great," he told The Associated Press. "I've been trying to meet him for years. And then last night, boom, I met him. I was really, really happy and very surprised."
Philander, who has fathered at least 29 children by 16 mothers, said tried to tell his most famous offspring that he never meant to abandon Dennis' mother all those years ago. He's been living in the Philippines for the last 50 years and operates a hamburger shop called Rodman's Rainbow Obamaburger.
Dennis, who once wrote in his autobiography that he had no interest in seeing his father, said earlier in the week that he would be cordial if the two were to meet.
"I don't hate the guy that brought me into this world," Dennis Rodman told reporters. "The fact is, if I saw him, I'll just tell him, 'You know, you're a friend of mine.'"