Dennis Rodman was so overwhelmed with emotion when he was inducted in the NBA Hall of Fame that he could barely get any words out as he approached the podium.
“I didn’t play the game for the money. I didn’t play the game to be famous. What you see here is more just an illusion that I love to just be an individual that’s very colorful,” he struggled to say through tears.
Watching a grown man cry is a little like passing by a car wreck. As hard as one tries not to look, you can’t help but stop and stare, and Dennis’ somewhat flamboyant wardrobe choice didn’t help onlookers look away.
Dressed in a bedazzled blazer, sequined scarf and a shirt with flared cuffs, he thanked a whole host of people, including Penny Marshall (also know as Laverne), who is apparently working on Dennis’ documentary.
Dennis offered special words to Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan, who he named as two of the best ballers to play the game. He also thanked his former coach Phil Jackson, who stood onstage during Dennis’ speech.
He also spoke about his family.
“I haven’t been a great father. I haven’t been a great husband,” he said while thanking his wife. “I’ve been very much appreciative of what she’s done. I wish I was a better father,” he admitted.
Dennis continued to share about his absentee father, who allegedly has 47 kids, and his tough relationship with his mom. Watch Dennis’ emotional speech below.
—Tracy L. Scott