Dennis Rodman was the ultimate bad boy of the NBA while still playing in the league. Rodman exuded masculinity and swag on the court, full of tattoos and sporting dyed hair on numerous occasions. But unknown to many, he once thought he was gay after being around his sisters for a long time.
“I thought that when I was 14, 15, that I was gay”
Dennis Rodman has two sisters, Debra and Kim, and hanging around with them when they were growing up profoundly impacted his life. He even started to question his sexuality. In an interview with Oprah, Rodman revealed he once thought he was gay.
“I was very shy and very insecure. You know, I thought that when I was 14, 15, that I was gay because I hung out with my sisters a lot. Everybody was like, ‘You got any guy friends?’ and I was like, ‘No.’ I felt secure hanging out with my mother and my sisters.”
Dennis never had a father figure growing up, as Philander Rodman abandoned him when he was three or four years old. Philander was a womanizer who claimed to have fathered 29 children with 16 different women. So it’s not surprising that Dennis found that comfort and security with his sisters and mother. It would have been a different story if he had become gay, although his life would have been as exciting nonetheless.
Dennis Rodman’s cross-dressing
The Chicago Bulls legend was seen cross-dressing several times, drumming up suspicions that he was a part of the LGBTQ community. But the truth is that Dennis finds no problem getting intimate with men or wearing women’s clothes. He also had several relationships with A-list celebrities such as Madonna and Carmen Electra, among others.
The rebounding champion was probably ahead of his time, wearing women’s clothes even long before the era of social media began. Rodman destroyed stereotypes of how a basketball player and a man should look. The 5-time NBA champion proved that being different is okay and that he never cared what others thought of him and his lavish lifestyle. Kudos to his mother for raising him right despite having no father figure around in their house growing up, which often creates an unfavorable situation for young kids.