NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is speaking his mind in his new ESPN documentary Rodman: For Better or Worse. He says he believes 10-20% of professional athletes are homosexual and should come out.
In the four major sports leagues – NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB in America, there are no openly gay athletes that play, however, Rodman could see that changing soon and people who enjoy and play in the sport would not be shocked.
“I don’t know why people haven’t came out before,” Rodman said. “It’s cool that people are coming out being, you know, gay or homosexual or whatever, lesbian and stuff like that.”
Rodman also stated while speaking to The Business Insider that his 1995 sports illustrated cover and article was important to open conversation and opportunities for the LGBTQ community in sports. On the cover, Rodman appeared in black lingerie holding a parrot.
“They didn’t know the fact that when [they] shot that cover for the Sports Illustrated that that was the best-selling Sports Illustrated ever,” Rodman said. “And then the gay community started to reach out to me and said, ‘Wow, we never knew that our community can be represented like that in sports.’ And people didn’t know at the time that I was doing that.”
Rodman thought the cover would spark gay athletes to come out and thinks now if players began to come out, it wouldn’t shock people and it would “be more acceptable now than anything.”