Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has finally met his estranged father after 42 years of separation. Philander Rodman Jr, who has acknowledged fathering 29 children by 16 mothers, attended his son's exhibition game in the Philippines last week. He said he was happy and surprised that his son agreed to meet him late Wednesday.
He tried to meet the basketball 'Hall of Famer' during another game in Manila in 2006. "It was great," he said today of the first time he held his son's hands since they last met in December 1969. "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," he said. The NBA 'Alumni' team, which also included Scott Pippen, Horace Grant, and Mitch Richmond, played against former top professional Philippine Basketball Association players in the All-Star Challenge.
The Alumni won. Philander, who has been living in the Philippines for nearly 50 years, said he wanted to explain to his son that he didn't abandon his family in the United States, but they only had time for greetings and handshakes.
He said he spent only about three minutes with his son, who was also busy signing autographs. "I really, really felt good,' he said. 'It's the beginning of something new." He gave his number to his son who promised to call. He said his son did not even want to talk about him six years ago, but he was encouraged to try again to meet him after Tuesday's press conference where the former Pistons and Bulls star invited him to watch Wednesday's game.
During a break, with seconds left to the end of the game, Dennis Rodman grabbed a microphone, acknowledged his father's presence and pointed to him in the arena. The crowd applauded as the elder Rodman stood up wearing a red baseball cap that said "Yes, Dennis Rodman is my son."
The 71-year-old Vietnam War veteran now operates the Rodman's Rainbow Obamaburger restaurant in northern Angeles City. He said his restaurant menu includes burgers with red, yellow and green coloured buns and fries, colours associated with his flamboyant son.
— Daily Mail
'He was a drug dealer, not an addict'
Law enforcement sources have revealed that authorities investigating the death of Sage Stallone believe he was a drug dealer. Insiders have apparently told TMZ that it is thought that a 'likely scenario' is Sage was dealing Hydrocodone — more commonly known as Vicodin — but not an addict himself. A key factor in this theory is said to be the late actor's weight. At 188 lbs and 5'7", Sage didn't have the thin frame which is usually a trait of addicts. TMZ was reportedly told: "He was pudgy, and drug addicts are almost always rail-thin." The website's source claims that no Hydrocodone tablets were found in Sage's house, but that there were over 60 gigantic empty prescription bottles. Each of these would have held 500 pills, meaning that Sage would have had over 30,000. LAPD detectives and LA County Coroner investigators will apparently use batch numbers and serial numbers to track down the bottles, but it is thought highly probably that they were shipped from abroad. The bags of white powder found in the room where Sage died have not yet been tested, but it is said to be likely that they contained Hydrocodone. Meanwhile, a close friend of Sylvester Stallone's late son has come forward to say that the 36-year-old did not take his own life. Stephen Wozniak claims that Sage Stallone had no intention of committing suicide, and had been making plans for the future with him shortly before his demise. Wozniak told TMZ: "It was absolutely not suicide."
— Daily Mail
Anchorman and Modern Family star Fred Willard arrested
Actor Fred Willard was arrested last night of lewd conduct after exposing himself at an adult movie theatre. The 78-year-old actor was taken into custody after being caught with his pants down and genitals exposed at Hollywood's Tiki Theatre at around 8:45pm local time. Willard — who has been married to wife Mary for 40 years — was later cited and a mug shot was taken, police told RadarOnline, adding that he was co-operative with authorities. He was released from custody and is set to appear in court at a later date, the website reports. According to TMZ, LAPD officers were conducting a 'random walk-through' of the premises — not a raid — as part of a routine inspection. Willard is known for his roles in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Anchorman and Everybody Loves Raymond. The actor portrayed the news director of the KVWN news channel in Ferrell's 2004 movie. In 2010 he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series after making appearances in ABC's Modern Family. He played the part of Frank Dunphy, Phil Dunphy's father. And according to IMDB, Willard is rumoured to be in pre-production for a movie called The Yank.
— Daily Mail