May 21, 2024

Trinity Rodman Set Goal to Be More Than ‘Dennis Rodman’s Daughter’

  • Trinity Rodman is a rising star for the US Women’s National Team at the 2023 World Cup.
  • The 21-year-old forward has made it her mission to be known as more than “Dennis Rodman’s daughter.”
  • “My main goal is to be Trinity Rodman and create my own story,” Rodman told FOX. 

Trinity Rodman shares a last name with one of the greatest — and most infamous — sports figures in US history.

But the 21-year-old US Women’s National Team star has long aimed to take the name on the back of her jersey and “make it my own.”

“Obviously my dad created his own journey and his own legacy,” Rodman told FOX. “My main goal is to be Trinity Rodman and create my own story.”

Trinity Rodman dribbles upfield for the USWNT.

Rodman dribbles upfield for the USWNT against Canada.

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Rodman’s father, of course, is NBA legend Dennis Rodman. The relentless rebounder and defender won five NBA championships — two with the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons and three with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls — over the course of his Hall of Fame basketball career.

But the elder Rodman’s reputation as a parent never rivaled the one he earned on the court. Dennis wasn’t consistently present for Trinity or her older brother, DJ, during their childhood and reportedly owed nearly $1 million in child support.

Trinity and DJ were raised by their mother, Michelle Moyer, alongside Teyana Lima, Moyer’s daughter from a previous marriage. At one point, when Moyer was struggling financially, the family of four spent a year living at an Orange County Comfort Inn, per ESPN.

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Dennis Rodman with the Chicago Bulls.

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All the while, Dennis kept on with his notoriously intense partying and the controversial antics that saw him plastered across headlines and tabloids. As he battled addiction and found himself in legal conflict after legal conflict, his estranged daughter began to make a name for herself on the soccer field.

Rodman’s soccer success has been all her own

Rodman came up through the youth national team system and, by the time she was a teenager, was a highly touted recruit. The southern California native began earning regular call-ups to the senior USWNT in early 2022 — when she was still just a teenager. Now, at the ripe old age of 21, Rodman has started in each of the USWNT’s first two games of the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Trinity Rodman takes a shot during the USWNT's 2023 World Cup match against the Netherlands.

Rodman (left) takes a shot during the USWNT’s 2023 World Cup match against the Netherlands.

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Safe to say she’s closing in on her goal “to create a new definition for Rodman.”

“I definitely think I’ve come a long way in terms of people are now saying ‘Trinity Rodman’ before ‘Dennis Rodman’s daughter,'” Rodman said. “That in itself speaks volumes.”

“I’m gonna continue to prove myself, not just to others, but to myself,” she added.

Check out the full FOX segment below:

 

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