Rodman's Too Bad to Get Back on Court
Washington, Adrienne T., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
"Bad As I Wanna Be" is no good - not for children, not for adults and certainly not for superstars, as Dennis "The Menace to Society" Rodman may eventually find out.
Sorry, Jesse, but Dennis and dignity won't meet again on many a score card.
Not after he donned a white wedding gown. Not after he kissed drag queen RuPaul on the mouth on late-night cablevision. Not after he angrily kicked a cameraman in the groin Jan. 15 for no apparent reason in Minneapolis.
Folks are finally getting fed up to their rainbow-colored hairlines with the unacceptable antics of highly paid, highly pampered stars and athletes who think their elevated status gives them the license to engage in all manner of despicable shenanigans.
Slapped with an 11-game suspension, a $25,000 fine and a $200,000
out-of-court settlement to Eugene Amos, the Bad Boy of Basketball now promises to act like the irreverent Hollywood angel "Michael." He's hankering to get back to hogging hoops and butting heads so he can get back to making mo' money.
Miki Turner, a friend and a free-lance writer covering sports and entertainment in Los Angeles, maintains that Rodman is no wacky psycho. Nor is he an undisciplined urchin. This shrewd showman makes a calculated business decision each time he opts to be outrageous in an attempt to grab headlines as well as rebounds.
"He knows better than anybody that a boring Dennis Rodman won't make any money," Ms. Turner says.
And boring he can be. She's seen the Menace parade before cameras and fans dressed in pink hush puppies, purple velvet pants, a lime-green shirt and flaming red hair, then invariably seclude himself in a locker room corner reading a book and wearing pajamas.
Can you believe it? Wonder if they were Winnie the Pooh or Yogi Bear PJs?
Forget the league-imposed psychiatric counseling that the Bad Boy initially wanted the Rev. Jesse Jackson to do. "A basically good person with a bad temper," as Jesse contends? Not judging from his past histrionics.
Rodman is a menace to society and to himself because he chooses to be, because he buys that peculiar American ticket that making mo' money at all cost - even to your personhood, your pride and your people - is worth the risk to all.
As early as today, NBA Commissioner David Stern will decide whether Rodman can return to the Chicago Bulls after the All-Star break. …