Dennis Rodman Net Worth: Dennis Rodman is an American retired professional basketball player, wrestler, actor and TV personality. The best rebounding forward in NBA history, Rodman won the NBA championship title 5 times.
Rodman earned almost $30 million from playing in the NBA for 14 years and millions more from endorsement deals. However, he couldn’t manage to get a grip on his finances as a result of his personal struggles, chiefly, alcohol and substance abuse.
By 2012, he was broke and unable to pay $800,000 in child support. Dennis now earns from irregular entertainment gigs. However, his constant run-ins with the law continue to bite chunks off his earnings. Justrichest estimates his net worth at somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million.
Dennis Rodman Net Worth: How He Began
Dennis Keith Rodman was born on May 13, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Rodman had a troubled childhood and struggled with low self-esteem. In high school, Rodman sought to become an athlete like his two sisters but was never considered athletic. He earned only a little playing time in the school’s basketball team which forced him to quit. He turned to football but was cut for his 5 ft 6 in height.
After graduating from South Oak Cliff High School in 1979, Rodman’s future was highly uncertain. In order to make ends meet, he began working a series of odd jobs including as a janitor at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
However, Rodman still had his eyes on basketball. When he wasn’t cleaning floors at the airport, he’d play at local basketball courts. Soon a family friend got him noticed by the head coach of Cooke County Junior College in Gainesville, Texas who granted him the chance to play in the school’s team. However, Rodman managed just one semester at the school before being dropped due to poor academic grades.
Luckily for Rodman, Southeastern Oklahoma State had their eyes on him and invited him over. He played 3 successful seasons with the side. Rodman’s dreams to play in the NBA came true after he emerged as the MVP at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, attracting the attention of NBA’s Detroit Pistons who later selected him as the 3rd pick in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft.
Dennis Rodman Net Worth: NBA Career, Salary
Dennis Rodman spent 6 seasons with the Detroit Pistons during which he won the NBA championship title back-to-back in 1989 and 1990. He was also named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for 1990 and 1991.
With 3 years and almost $12 million remaining on his contract, he requested a trade and was sent to San Antonio Spurs. For his 7 years with the Pistons, Rodman earned about $7 million in salary alone. His No. 10 was retired by the Detroit Pistons. He played 2 seasons with Spurs earning over $5 million in salary.
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Rodman in 1995 joined the Chicago Bulls where his teammates included scoring champ Michael Jordan and Scott Pippen. With the Bulls, Rodman won three back-to-back NBA titles from 1996 – 1998. He earned about $16 million in salary with the Bulls. Rodman was released Bulls in 1999. He then spent the rest of the season with the LA Lakers where he received $1 million playing 23 games. He joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2000 but was cut due to his erratic behavior, ending his NBA career.
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Dennis Rodman Net Worth: Suicide Attempt, New Image, Wrestling Others
At the peak of his career in 1993, Rodman’s personal life was plagued by substance abuse which was exacerbated by his first divorce from Annie Bakes. These events culminated in a suicide attempt– Rodman was found sleeping in his car with a loaded gun, ready to shot himself, however, he was rescued by beloved NBA reporter Craig Sager.
After the suicidal attempt, Rodman emerged with a new “bad boy” image and became notorious for numerous controversial antics. He wrote about his suicidal experience in his “Bad As I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story” which was adapted into a TV movie. While promoting the book, Rodman dressed in a wedding gown, wore makeup and identified as a bisexual.
On the court, Rodman besides his amazing rebounding skills was known for his frequent clashes with opponents, referees, and even cameramen.
After being fined $20,000 and suspended for 6 games in the 1996/1997 season for headbutting a referee, Rodman launched a wrestling career, appearing in the WCW. Three games into the 1998 NBA final, Rodman left his teammates in bewilderment after he left them to fight in the WCW alongside Hulk Hogan. He retired from pro wrestling in 2000.
In addition to wrestling, Rodman also launched an acting career starring in lead roles in Double Team (1997) and Simon Sez (1999). He also launched a talk show “The Rodman World Tour” where he interviewed guests from his bed.
Most of these gigs were in an effort to earn some money as his erratic behavior often took its toll on his finances. After retirement, he appeared in several TV shows. He won the $222,000 prize money from the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole. He also participated in Celebrity Apprentice becoming friends with Donald Trump.
When the gigs didn’t seem to be lucrative enough, Rodman attempted to make an NBA comeback but it proved futile. However, he played in the semi-professional men’s basketball minor league before retiring in 2006.
Rodman’s controversial antics are unending. He is friends with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un whom he visited in 2013, becoming the first American to do so. The worm continues to blow off money as fast as he makes them.
He had a highly publicized relationship with celebrities like Carmen Elektra and Madonna.