Trinity Rodman is following in her famous father’s footsteps by making a splash of her own in the sporting world — but with a different ball.
Trinity Rodman has a new contract with the Washington Spirit that makes her the highest-paid player in America’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
According to the Washington Post, Rodman — the 19-year-old daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman — signed a four-year deal worth over $AUD1.54 million, the richest package in the league’s history.
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The New York Post reports Rodman was the NWSL’s Rookie of the Year last season, with seven goals and seven assists, and starred on the Spirit team that won the league championship.
She had options to play overseas for the women’s teams of major European clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United, but didn’t seriously consider them.
“I have grown up pretty fast, but I am young,” Rodman told the Washington Post. “This first year was so good and ended so well, I hadn’t really thought about (European options). Where I am now, I am extremely happy.”
During the Spirit’s playoffs run, Rodman experienced a rare, emotional moment with her father Dennis, who was not around for much of her upbringing. He surprised her by showing up at her game, and the father and daughter embraced.
“It was a shock, and I was grateful to even have him there because he hadn’t been to a lot of my games in the past,” Trinity said. “For him to show up for a game like that was pretty awesome.”
She is establishing her own stardom outside of her infamous father’s shadow
“People are always going to — especially people who don’t know me and are new to the soccer world — see Dennis Rodman’s daughter,” she said.
“It comes with the name, but I definitely achieved what I wanted and (put out) the message I wanted, being so young, being a woman, being in the soccer world.”
Dennis Rodman was an NBA cult hero and played a starring role during Chicago’s decade of dominance in the 1990s alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. He was known for his unique look — featuring plenty of piercings, tattoos and unique hairstyles — while he also enjoyed high-profile romances with Carmen Electra and Madonna.
The basketballer featured heavily in docu-series The Last Dance centred around Jordan and the Bulls’ dynasty at the end of last century.
This article first appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission