Being the daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman has its perks for sure, but it also must have its disadvantages. The pressure of living up to your last name can be a daunting task for any child of an all-time great.
Rodman’s daughter Trinity, however, handles it in stride, using her special talents for soccer and is set on creating her own path, despite who her famous father is.
The 18-year old made history when she became the second overall and youngest pick ever in the 2021 NWSL draft. She added to history as she became the youngest player to ever score a goal in an NWSL game, with her goal in the 55th minute of the Washington Spirit 3-2 loss to the North Carolina Courage.
Rodman as mentioned is no stranger to winning, as her father Dennis won five NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls. When speaking to U.S. media last week, Trinity Rodman said her mother Michelle is her role model, although everyone only asks about her famous father.
But that’s expected when your father was one of the most entertaining and eccentric characters to ever play. And oh yeah, he was a rebounding savant.
She goes on to say that she understands why no one asks about her mom because she’s not a former star athlete. But Rodman mentions how she always stresses how vital a role her mom has played in her life’s journey. She was the consistent support system Trinity needed to grow up happy and healthy.
Trinity is ultra-competitive and says that doesn’t necessarily come from her famous dad, but from her mom, as she always had a goal-driven mindset.
She calls her mom “her best friend and rock.”
I truly respect how Rodman expresses her love for her mom and makes sure she’s given her flowers while she’s here. That’s a credit to her upbringing, as the media loves to push the narrative that because her father was famous that’s who she should look up to and only speak of. It’s, not our place to know any of that personal business.
It’s our job to write about her athletic ability and progress.