A man in the stands of an exhibition basketball game in the Philippines sported a cap with the words, “Yes, Dennis Rodman is my son.” The former star forward with National Basketball Association (NBA)’s Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons finally reunited with his father after a 42- year separation July 18.

Philander Rodman, Jr., who said he is the father of 29 children by 16 mothers, said he was glad his son agreed to meet him during the July 18 game, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In 2006, he tried unsuccessfully to meet his son at a game in Manila, Philippines.

“I haven’t seen my father in 42 years, but that’s him sitting right there,” said Dennis Rodman, using a public address system during a timeout with 16 seconds left in the game, reported ESPN. The Inquirer reported that Rodman pointed to where his father was sitting in the bleachers.

On July 19 the elder Rodman, who’s lived in the Philippines for 50 years, said he wanted to explain that he didn’t abandon his family in the United States, according to ESPN.com.

“I love my son, I just want to talk to him about all the wrong things he said about me, talk to him so we can get this fixed,” he told reporters from ABS-CBN Interactive, the website for a Filipino television network.

According to the Inquirer, Rodman said “I don’t hate my father.” The newspaper reported that he said he hoped his father showed for the game—and he did. 

Jessika Morgan

AFRO Staff Writer