Bleacher Report Dennis Rodman says listening to Pearl Jam saves saved his life

Twoweekswithpay 1:02 am Tue Sep 15 EDT 1 ups @ 1.00 Deleted

In a wide-ranging interview, Rodman talked about, among other things, how listening to Pearl Jam songs helped save his life during a terrible time. Kind of heart-breaking... rest of interview is pretty eye-opening, as well. Excerpt: > **B/R: One of the big turning points in your life thats touched on in the documentary is your suicide attempt in the early 90s. What do you think of the conversation about mental health thats going on in the NBA now, with guys like Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan being more open about their struggles compared to when you were in the league?** > Rodman: It wasnt really common back then. For me, I wanted to be loved by somebody or someone because I was never loved by my mother or father because they were never there. So when I got to Detroit, they embraced me as one. And then when things started to disassemble [after the Pistons Bad Boys run], I started to feel betrayed. I said, "What the f--ks going on?" I was so enamored of the way that they loved me and being embraced by the people in Detroit. So once a lot of the people that loved me were gone, and [former Pistons coach] Chuck Daly was gone, I was all by myself. I had nobody to turn to. I wasnt really connecting with my mother or father. I had no contact with them. > So one day, I wrote a note and went to the parking lot of the Palace. I had a gun rack, and I had a gun in my car. I had it in my hand. But for some reason, I played this music. I put it on, and I was listening to this song and this music, and I was just debating. It didnt have anything to do with basketball. It had to do with this love that I wanted, and it suddenly just left me. > **And this song came on. It was Pearl Jam. "Even Flow" and "Black" and stuff like that. And I had the gun in my lap, and next thing you know, I fell asleep listening to Pearl Jam.** Then I woke up, and all the cops and everyone was there. I didnt know what was going on. I totally forgot I had a gun in my hand. They got me out of the car. That was pretty much what it was. It wasnt about the game of basketball. It was about feeling betrayed, because I wanted to be loved so much in my life. And when I got to the NBA, I didnt expect the NBA to be like that. I didnt expect teams to just trade players and you say, "OK, this is a business," and forget about it. That was what drove me to that point.