Five-time NBA champ and Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was a troublemaker during his time in the league — there's no denying that. However, the 59-year-old has taken a rather different approach with regards to his stance on the looting and rioting brought about by the protests brought about by George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minnesota.
Rodman posted a powerful two-minute monologue on his Instagram account, explaining why he strongly condemns all these acts of violence:
Rodman completely supports the calls for justice in the wake of Floyd's death, but what he is not in agreement with is how these protests end up as an excuse for some to break the law:
“I think someone needs to come out and say, ‘hey guys, why are we looting Why are we stealing,” Dennis Rodman said on the video, via Mike Rosenstein of NJ.com. “Why are we creating more issues, more problems, stuff like that. Let’s get to the head of what’s really going on. This is a bad, bad situation. You’ve got to protest in the right way. You don’t have to go and burn down things, steal things, burn things, stuff like that. We have to keep things together. We’ve got enough issues with the COVID virus right now. We have enough issues. But for this to happen right now, we just add to it.”
Rodman went on to say that what we all need to do now is to come together and fight the common enemy: oppression. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year winner made an appeal to the younger generation to not add to the problem by looting and rioting:
“You got people, big corporations closing stores because people are looting,” Dennis Rodman continued. “Why? Why are we doing this? Why are we hurting each other again? Why not just help each other, hold each other’s hands, and try to solve the problem? We didn’t create this problem but guess what, we can help. Especially the new generation today. The 21st century generation. Help us as older individuals who understand this. Don’t add to it. Do not add to it. Help us and help everybody right now. We’ve got too many issues right now, and this is a bad one right now. We’ve got to all come together and try to help each other and try to get through all this situation. Please, please understand. We have to live together. We’re human beings. We’re not f**king animals. We’re human beings. Thank you guys for listening.”
Knowing Dennis Rodman and his background, it comes as a bit of a surprise that he has become the voice of reason here. Be that as it may, however, we don't see much of anything wrong with what he's saying here.