The former Nba basketball star Dennis Rodman met his father, after 42 years of being apart. The meeting came following an exhibition game, in the Philippines. Rodman's father, Philander Rodman Jr. has acknowledged fathering 29 children by 16 mothers, according to Associated Press and told reporters that he has tried to meet his superstar son before now but has not succeeded.
Philander spoke about the last time he held his son's hand, in December 1969, saying "it was great." He added "I've been trying to meet him for years. And then last night, boom, I met him. I was really, really happy and very surprised. I really, really felt good. It's the beginning of something new." He only got to spend a few minutes with Rodman, apparently, as he was busy signing autographs. He reportedly wanted time to explain to his son that he hadn't abandoned him in the United States all those years ago, but said that Rodman's schedule only allowed time for handshakes.
Six years ago, Philander explained, Dennis did not even want to talk about his father but after Tuesday's press conference, he was encouraged to try again, after Rodman was asked about meting his father. "I don't hate the guy that brought me into this world," Dennis Rodman told those gathered at the conference. "The fact is, if I saw him, I'll just tell him, 'You know, you're a friend of mine."