Meet Dennis Rodman’s football star daughter Trinity Rodman, the highest-paid and youngest player in NWSL’s history: she shares sporty genes with her NBA father and brother DJ – but was raised by mum

Trinity is the daughter of basketball star Dennis Rodman. Photos: EPA, @michelle.rodman/Instagram
Known for his professional basketball career as well as his eccentric and oftentimes controversial behaviour, Dennis Rodman is arguably one of the most famous NBA stars of all time.
Chicago Bulls’ Dennis Rodman flashes the V sign after sinking a foul shot after a technical was called on Washington Bullets Calbert Cheaney in the third quarter, in 1996. Photo: AP

But beyond his own career, the basketballer is now also receiving media attention due to the success of his professional football player daughter, Trinity Rodman. In February, Trinity was named by several reports as the highest-paid player in the history of the National Women’s Soccer League. Talk about living up to a family legacy!

Trinity Rodman of Washington Spirit arrives for the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris, France, on October 17. Photo: EPA-EFE

So what else do we know about the younger Ms. Rodman? Let’s take a closer look.

Trinity Rodman was raised by her mum

Trinity Rodman (left) and her mother Michelle Moyer (right). Photo: @trinity_rodman/Instagram

Trinity Rodman was born in Newport Beach, California, in May 2002. Her parents are former NBA star Dennis Rodman, 61, and Michelle Moyer, 55, who married on Rodman’s 42nd birthday in 2003, per LA Times. Although they had made several attempts over the years to reconcile, by 2012, the marriage was officially over.

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Father-daughter duo Dennis and Trinity Rodman share a mutual talent for sport. Photo: @michelle.rodman/Instagram

In an interview with The Guardian, the 20-year-old described how she and her brother DJ (Dennis Jr) were essentially raised by their mum in a single-parent household. It’s also clear that Trinity and her mother share a very close relationship.

“Having a dad like I do, no one asks about my mum because she’s obviously not an NBA star,” the young footballer said. “But I just want people to know that my mum’s been my support system in everything in life and she’s my best friend and my rock. I don’t think people know how close we are.” She continued, “Even though she wasn’t in the NBA, she has an extremely competitive and driven mindset, and she’s an extremely strong woman. She’s my role model.”

She doesn’t have the best relationship with her famous father

Washington Spirit forward Trinity Rodman (2) with her father basketball legend Dennis Rodman after a game between North Carolina Courage and Washington Spirit at Audi Field, in November 2021, in Washington DC. Photo: Getty Images

Presumably at least partly due to Dennis’ highly publicised struggles and scandals, like substance abuse issues and legal woes, the NBA star was not an active figure in Trinity’s upbringing.

In an ESPN interview, an emotional Dennis opened up about this, saying, “All these years I’ve been giving and supplying on demand and stuff like that, I really haven’t had any time to be a father or even try and be a dad or try to be anything that’s significant to something that’s important.”

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Dennis Rodman (top) showed up to his daughter Trinity Rodman’s game. Photo: @trinity_rodman/Instagram

Trinity herself has also spoken publicly on her Instagram profile about their relationship. When the former professional basketballer surprised his daughter at one of her NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) games, the rising football star posted a snapshot of her with her dad and a caption that in part reads, “My dad doesn’t play a big role in my life at all and most people don’t know that, we don’t see eye to eye on many things.”

She continued, “We don’t have the best relationship, but at the end of the day he’s human, I’m human … He’s my dad, and I’m his little girl, that will never change.”

Sports clearly runs in the family

Trinity Rodman (left) and Dennis Rodman Jr (right) are both sporty like their dad. Photo: @trinity_rodman/Instagram

It’s evident that there is a strong athletic current flowing through the Rodman gene pool. Besides the obvious connection to her award-winning NBA dad, Trinity’s brother, Dennis Jr or DJ is also a notable sportsman.

Unlike his sister though, who never took to her dad’s sport, DJ is firmly following in his dad’s famed footsteps. Per The Guardian, DJ, 21, is currently playing basketball at the collegiate level for Washington State.

She’s the youngest football player to be drafted by the NWSL

Trinity Rodman is making waves in women’s football history. Photo: @trinity_rodman/Instagram

As reported by The Orange County Register, Trinity’s interest in football began as young as four years old. While she did try basketball, it was football that ultimately felt right to her. Talking to The Guardian, Trinity recounted how her brother had inspired her to get into football. He had tried the game himself but apparently didn’t like it as much.

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Fast forward more than a decade later and Trinity has become the youngest football player in NWSL history to be drafted at age 18, bypassing the traditional route of first playing at a collegiate level before going professional.

US football player Trinity Rodman arrives for the Time 100 Next Gala, celebrating rising stars who are shaping the future of their fields, in New York, US, on October 25. Photo: EPA-EFE

She was drafted in January 2021 and has gone on to play for the Washington Spirit professional football club. At the time, the up-and-coming athlete commented on her father’s legacy in a chat with ESPN, “He was an amazing athlete, and I got those genes from him, but I’m excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just as Rodman‘s daughter. I’m excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey.”

She’s the highest-paid NWSL female football player

Carson Pickett, Casey Murphy, Lindsey Horan, Trinity Rodman, Alana Cook, Hailie Mace, Andi Sullivan, Sophia Smith, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe pose for a group picture before the start of the women’s international friendly football match between Spain and the US at El Sadar stadium in Pamplona, on October 11. Photo: AFP

Per Sportico, earlier this year, Trinity signed a record-breaking US$1.1 million deal with her club, Washington Spirit. The deal extended her contract by four years and upped her salary to an estimated US$281,000 annually. Considering that her starting salary in 2021 was US$42,000, according to Vibe, that’s a whopping 669 per cent increase in the athlete’s earnings.

The young football star additionally received notable honours from both NWSL and US Soccer, being awarded by the two sporting organisations as rookie of the year and young player of the year, respectively.

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