NBA stars are celebrities, their time and their presence are extremely valuable thanks to the fact that fans want to somehow spend as much time with their favorite players as possible, and get their autographs whenever they can. Signing autographs is an age-old tradition and one that has also been made into a commodity, with autograph signing events becoming a thing of regularity among former athletes.
Dennis Rodman, for all his eccentric behavior, has always been someone that appreciates his fans. He may have episodes that leave people scratching their heads, but Rodman has been a fan favorite since his high-flying playing days. It seems, though, that The Worm isn't fond of the aforementioned autograph signings, something he spoke about in his book, 'Walk On The Wild Side' (via The SportsRush).
“It’s hard to turn down all that money, but what you’re really doing when you appear at an autograph show is selling your soul. I won’t do another one for a hell of a long time because I just feel so dirty and impure afterwards.”
“They tell you what color pen to use and where to put the signature, and then they want to make conversation. I have no problem with interacting with fans, but it’s just so twisted and fake when you’re up there on that stage, like an animal at the zoo, and there’s an endless procession of visitors."
Rodman was never one to sugarcoat things that he didn't like too much, so it's no surprise to hear him describe an event like this in such harsh terms. While fame and adulation have a lot of perks, constantly being expected to be a certain way because your fans demand it can take its toll on any celebrity, let alone an athlete. This take from Rodman goes a long way in explaining why sometimes the most famous people can act a little erratic, even when they are surrounded by adoring fans.