Over the weekend, Dennis Rodman — the seven-time rebounding champ and owner of five NBA Finals rings, along with a few ball gowns — was sitting in the passenger seat of a Range Rover heading through Fort Lauderdale when it flipped three times. But, as he did so many times in his career, Rodman emerged from the pile uninjured.
As he told his agent: “I’m still living, brother. They can’t get rid of me.”
Over his long and tumultuous NBA career, Rodman was no stranger to crashes, though they typically didn’t involve cars. Long before he was getting bounced from “Celebrity Apprentice” by Donald Trump and hanging with Dr. Drew on “Celebrity Rehab,” he was dying his hair, donning dresses and getting booked for driving his boat, Sexual Chocolate, too fast.
Here, to celebrate a life lived above the rim and never below the fold, we give you some of the best one-man pileups of Rodman’s career.
1. Put Your Money Where Your Foot Lands
Rodman devoted a lot of time to nether-regions: “Fifty percent of life in the N.B.A. is sex. The other fifty percent is money,” he once said. And when his foot intentionally crashed down on a Minneapolis photographer’s groin after The Worm fell over him during a game, Rodman lost about $1 million in salary due to suspensions and had to pay the photographer some $200,000 in damages.
Although, when it comes to crotch damage, the photog got off easy. In 1995, Rodman was sued by an Atlanta Hawks dancer who claimed he knowingly gave her herpes.
2. Before He Cleaned Up The Boards…
In the days before he could afford hair dye on the regular, Rodman worked as a janitor at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, where he was busted with attempting to supplement his income by stealing two watches. It was The Worm’s first time on the police blotter, but with later charges for things like putting a $100 bill down a woman’s shirt and trying to feel her up, it certainly was not his last.
3. A Crash Landing On The Queen Of Pop
Madonna spent most of the 90’s cultivating a British accent and trying to get pregnant. She even gave Rodman a few trips to the plate. The Bad Boy, who dated the Material Girl for a few years, says that he was pulled away from a craps game in Vegas when Madonna rang him up with a booty call. From New York. We’ll let Rodman tell the rest:
“It was like the ‘somebody died call.’ I picked up the phone and Madonna was like, ‘I’m ovulating, I’m ovulating. Get your ass up here.’ So I left my chips on the table, flew five hours to New York and did my thing. We got done and she was standing on her head in an attempt to promote conception — just like any girl trying to get pregnant. I flew back to Las Vegas and picked up my game where I left off.”
4. Crushed By A Flightless Bird
The only dunking Larry Bird ever did during his legendary career was with doughnuts. But Larry Legend appreciated some good gamesmanship, and when the opportunity presented itself to throw down over a showy Detroit Pistons forward, Rodman felt the thunder that only a Hick from French Lick could summon.
5. Crashing The Altar
The Bad Boy’s marriages haven’t always gone as planned. From his 10-day run with Carmen Electra to a first disastrous marriage to a woman named Anicka (she wrote a book called “Worse Than He Says He Is”), the hopeless romantic decided to marry himself, showing up to a New York bookstore in 1996 in a wig and wedding dress to promote his book, “Bad As I Wanna Be.”