There’s a petition to remove former San Antonio Spurs star Dennis Rodman from the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.
Former San Antonio Spurs player Dennis Rodman arguably became a more controversial sports figure after his playing career. He’s outspoken and makes decisions that have drawn reactions from the public, including a foreign affairs-related topic.
Well, Rodman’s actions have drawn the ire of someone, enough to create a petition on Change.org (h/t Sporting News) to remove him from the Naismith Memorial Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, after being inducted in 2011. It was started by a group called the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
The call for Rodman’s removal comes after his praise of North Korea leader Kim Jung-un, along with his latest visit to the country. Part of the petition’s information can be seen below, which features how someone can be removed from the Hall of Fame:
According to the Hall’s Board of Trustees, a candidate may be removed if he or she “has damaged the integrity of the game of basketball.” Clearly, Rodman’s actions have tarnished the name and reputation of basketball and it is time that he is removed from the Hall of Fame. Doing so will send a message that all facets of American society, from sports to politics, will stand firm for our shared values and reject the shameless coddling of murderous dictatorial regimes.
As of this writing, there are 839 supporters of the petition.
Rodman played 14 seasons in the NBA from 1986-2000. Along with the Spurs, he played for the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. The Southeastern Oklahoma State alumnus won five NBA championships — two with the Pistons and three with the Bulls.
In Rodman’s two seasons with San Antonio, he averaged 5.6 points and 17.1 rebounds per game; the latter is a career-high for any of the five teams he played for.