Former NBA Star Dennis Rodman Meets Estranged Father After 42 Years Apart

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 20, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, MA - AUGUST 12:   Dennis Rodman gestures during the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on August 12, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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From the files of things that are crazy, random and fairly feel good; Dennis Rodman ran into his father, a man he hadn't seen in 42 years. 

As reported by the Associated Press (via Yahoo! Sports), the former basketball star agreed to meet his father after his basketball team had an exhibition game in the Philippines. 

Rodman's father, Philander Rodman Jr., has 29 children by 16 mothers. He was ecstatic after finally getting the chance to see his son after 42 years apart:

It was great. 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.

Rodman seems to have softened to how he feels about a father who he barely knew, and last saw back in December of 1969. 

The odd part in this is that Philander claims he didn't desert the basketball star, who played for the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers. 

His father wanted to explain further his reasoning for leaving his son years ago, but the meeting was relegated to pleasantries and handshakes. 

If you want some really wacky items, aside from the nearly 30 children fathered, Philander apparently runs his own restaurant in Angeles City. The restaurant is called Rodman's Rainbow Obamaburger, and features red, yellow and green buns and fries in an homage to his son's colorful nature. 

For Rodman the basketball player, he is over being angry:

"I don't hate the guy that brought me into this world. The fact is, if I saw him, I'll just tell him, 'You know, you're a friend of mine.'"

Life's too short to carry on with hatred, I gather. 

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