In March, headlines described former NBA star Dennis Rodman as “broke” and “extremely sick.” At 51, and now a dozen years removed from his last NBA rebound, he often boasts he hasn’t had a steady job since being waived by the Dallas Mavericks in 2000. For Rodman, who has had issues with alcohol, life has never come as easily as professional basketball. Sunday, the flamboyant Hall of Famer speaks candidly about life after basketball, and about allegations that he’s an alcoholic. Mark Schwarz reports.
Sunday’s guests will include Kurt Rambis, who coached Rodman on the Lakers in 1999, and Tim Keown who co-wrote “Bad As I Wanna Be,” the 1997 best-selling autobiography.
“I been hearing that for years — I’ve been hearing that I’m a cokehead, I’m a drug head. Everyone knows that I like to have a good time. If you see me drinking, ok great. I drink! If you see me having sex every day, oh, I’m an addict. I’ve looked death in the eyes. And I say one day I could probably drink to a point where it’s like I won’t wake up.” – Dennis Rodman
“I started to go out to dinner for free. I started to get cars and stuff like that for free. I started to get a lot of things around the country. All of a sudden I land the big one, Madonna, so it’s like, ‘Hello!!’ I started to get stuff like that.” – Dennis Rodman
Here’s a video preview of the interview. I’m sure it won’t be an easy one to watch, but it airs at 9 a.m. Eastern on ESPN if you’re up Sunday morning and want to catch it.
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