DENNIS RODMAN has revealed visiting gay clubs and bringing drag queens to his matches inspired him during his illustrious NBA career.
The 60-year-old star won a whopping five NBA titles, with two coming during his time at the Detroit Pistons, while he won three in a row with the Chicago Bulls.
It was during his time in between those two spells, with the San Antonio Spurs, that Rodman found peace within himself after he considered taking his own life in 1993 after Detroit coach Chuck Daly departed.
After moving to the Texas city, Rodman has revealed he was left inspired after being introduced to a new culture.
He told GQ: “In San Antonio I started going to gay clubs. I started going to drag clubs.
“I started bringing drag queens to games.”
Before adding: “When you talk to people in the gay community, someone who does drag, something like that, they’re so f***ing happy.
“They hold their head up so high every fucking day, man. They’re not ashamed of s***. They’re not trying to prove anything, they’re just out there living their lives.”
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Rodman then declared he fantasised about having relations with men, though stated that he never acted on it.
He remarked: “I was wondering to myself, I said, ‘What if I was gay back then, in ’93, ’94? Would I be in the NBA?”
The New Jersey native then announced that he believes he would have been.
Rodman, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, has also recalled his visit to North Korea in 2013 to meet Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
He has insisted he was unaware about the civil rights abuses in North Korea until he visited the Asian country.
Rodman said: “I thought it was like, well, North Korea, I’m going over there to sign autographs and stuff like that, take pictures.
“I didn’t know it was all that until I got over there. I was like, ‘Oh, s***.’ Nobody prepared me for that.”
He continued: “They gave me the presidential suite in the best hotel in North Korea.
“They gave me maids, chefs. They just sat there praising me like I was one of them.
“I was like, ‘Wow.’ I just fell in love with their country because they were so loving.”