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Dennis Rodman shares why he hated signing autographs:"It's just so twisted and fake"

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Dennis Rodman hated giving autographs and thought that the whole experience of doing it was horrible, and it made him feel like he was selling his soul.

Rodman signed autographs for money

Getting an autograph from a celebrity, either from the film, music or sports industry, is a desirable piece of memorabilia that many fans want to have in their possession. The popularity of autographs, especially in sports, has been going on for over a century, and some of the signed objects have an unbelievable value, and people sold them for astronomical amounts. The more famous the athlete's autograph is, the more it would sell for on the market. 

When it comes to the professional athletes, in this case, NBA players, most of them are already accustomed to giving autographs, and they know it kind of falls in line with the work. For the legendary Dennis Rodman, giving autographs was a nightmare, and he even admits he only did it for the money and throughout the years started hating every single second of it.

At one point in his career, Dennis Rodman was one of the most famous athletes on the planet, and the global popularity of the Chicago Bulls helped him get a lot of exposure and, therefore, numerous fans all over the world. In his book "Walk On The Wild Side" Rodman explains the whole experience of signing autographs and why he developed animosity towards them throughout the years. Despite getting paid an incredible amount of cash to appear at those events, Rodman felt it was the worst time spent in his life. 

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"Even recently, I've agreed to some deals that I almost immediately have regretted because they made me feel so sleazy. During the summer and fall of 1996, I spent four of the most useless days of my life at autograph-signing shows. I did it because I made something like $45,000 each time, and I hadn't done anything like it in several years, so I had forgotten how truly brutal it is to sit there for four or five hours and put your autograph on all kinds of stuff that most of the people are going to turn around and sell, anyway."

Parents are exploiting their kids

Rodman describes the experience as selling your soul because of the entire process of sitting at one spot and just putting your name on a piece of an object; there is a high probability people will sell, which kind of loses its purpose for Rodman. So when hearing Rodman's explanation of why he hates signing autographs, you would think he hates interacting with fans which is not true. Still, he understands fans often exploit athletes for their own personal benefit to make some quick money from selling the signed memorabilia. 

"It's hard to turn down all that money, but what you're really doing when you appear at an autograph show is selling your soul. I won't do another one for a hell of a long time because I just feel so dirty and impure afterwards.] have all this bent-up anger and I just want to get naked and scream as loud as I can for about twenty minutes.You sit there on this stage, and one by one, people come up and give you something to sign. They tell you what color pen to use and where to put the signature, and then they want to make conversation. I have no problem with interacting with fans, but it's just so twisted and fake when you're up there on that stage, like an animal at the zoo, and there's an endless procession of visitors."

Rodman recalls how the worst in that process are parents with little kids, who often use their children to receive sympathy from players and make them sign autographs. Rodman saw it numerous times in his career when parents use their children for an autograph they are eventually going to sell to someone else. All that made Rodman not trust kids that approach him because he knew it was, for the most part, greedy parents that made them do it in the first place. 

"The whole autograph concept is weird. Not only do I not understand why they exist-are they proof that you've met someone famous?—I'm totally suspicious of people's motives when they ask for an autograph. If you want my signature on something and you're gonna put it in your house or collection or something like that, I can deal with it. But if you're just gonna turn around and sell it, then that's a pain in my ass. You can't even trust the kids anymore because parents are WHORING their kids like prostitutes. They tell them, "Go up and get his signature because he'll never say no to you." And then you give it to the kid, and his dad sells it. It's f***ed up."

There is no question Rodman has seen it all throughout the years when interacting with thousands of fans who were either truly happy to meet their favorite athlete or just wanted to use that opportunity to get an autograph they would eventually re-sell. But, when it comes to autographs specifically, many people don't understand what is so fascinating about them. Despite all that, they still have value to some fans, and just like Rodman said, it's cool when it actually has a meaning for them personally rather than just being a way for them to earn some extra money on the side. 

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