“Your Toes Look Like Branches… They Look Like Daddy’s Feet”: Billionaire Oprah Winfrey Publicly Ridiculed Dennis Rodman When He Showed Up Barefooted for an Interview

Published 08/25/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen take down Dennis Rodman during the Bulls-Lakers matchup in December 1996 | Vincent Laforet/AFP via Getty Images

Dennis Rodman was more than just a multi-tattooed and pierced-laden human being. He is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, as his ferocious rebounding and tenacity were pivotal in leading his teams to success. He seemingly didn’t care about putting points on the board. The Worm, as Steve Kerr once remarked, took tremendous pride in not scoring. Similarly, he was all about his business and didn’t care what others thought of him.

Rodman was a vital player for the Detroit ‘Bad Boys’ Pistons and the Chicago Bulls’ second three-peat. He won five NBA championships as a byproduct of his natural gifts to rebound and defend. His on-court talents, though, were not necessarily what always made headlines.


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Rodman did not back down from embracing his individualism, as seen by his colorful personality. He was always about being unapologetically himself. Rodman was once interviewed by renowned television personality, Oprah Winfrey. After discussing his character and how he was able to identify his true self, peculiarly, the conversation turned to Rodman’s feet.

Interestingly, the five-time champion was seated barefoot during the interview. Oprah obviously took note and had some comments for the Worm’s feet. “You said your toes look like branches, they do look a lot like daddy’s feet,” she said. Rodman then responded hilariously that he liked Oprah’s feet as well and asked her to pull them out, which she refused.

Oprah continued by saying that his feet looked like her daddy’s feet. Rodman responded, “I got basketball feet okay.” Oprah went on to say that his feet looked like their own little branch.

This is just another example of Dennis Rodman’s flamboyant personality. He had a rock and roll persona with whom many fans could relate.

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Dennis Rodman’s colorful persona captivated NBA fans. However, it often embroiled him in controversies and landed him in hot water.


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However, none of this deterred Rodman from becoming an ultra-competitive beast while playing. On the court, his ferocity often had his opponents trapped in the mud. Rodman spent hours studying game film in order to identify and understand his opponents’ weaknesses and capitalize on them.

NBA Basketball – Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman during Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz on June 8, 1997, at Delta Center in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 78-73 to take tie the championship series at two games each (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images/Sporting News via Getty Images)

He excelled at rebounding, which was a key component of his game. Rodman won seven straight rebounding titles and was 37 years old when he won his last. He also took home defensive player of the year honors twice.


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Ritvik Malhotra

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Ritvik is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, Ritvik has finally got his foot in the door as a professional sports writer. He previously interned at another media house where he authored over 150 soccer articles, but he is now writing about his primary obsession, basketball.

Edited By: Veer Badani