Dennis Rodman Meets Estranged Father for the First Time in 42 Years
After 42 years of separation, former NBA player Dennis Rodman has finally met his father.
Rodman agreed to a short meeting with his estranged father Philander Rodman Jr. after an exhibition game in Manila. Philander has been living in the Philippines for the past 50 years, operating the Rodman’s Rainbow Obamaburger restaurant in northern Angeles City.
“I’ve been trying to meet him,” the conciliatory dad said. “But I’m not getting any younger.”
Rodman has been avoiding his father for the past few years, showing clear resentment towards him. “I never had a father. My father left me when I was 5 years old. He has 47 kids in the Philippines,” Rodman said during his Hall of Fame interview.
Philander who has fathered 29 children with 16 women wanted a chance to explain that he didn’t abandon his family in the United States.
“I’m very, very excited. I can’t believe it,” Philander said prior to their meeting. “I’ve been trying for years and years and years. Finally, a dream come true.”
During a timeout at the fourth quarter of the exhibition game, Dennis Rodman took the microphone and made an announcement.
“I haven’t seen my father in 42 years,” he said. “But that’s him sitting right there.”
“I wanted to cry. It’s like he accepted me,” Philander recalled. “First time he called me his father.”
Unfortunately, for the actual meeting, Rodman only had time for a quick greeting and handshake.
“Who you with?” Dennis asked his father.
“With you, right now,” Philander responded in tears.
Check out their meeting below (Interview in English, Narration in Tagalog)