After the Chicago Bulls won an NBA title in 1992, they were invited to the White House by President George H.W. Bush. Hodges saw the invite as an opportunity to voice his political concerns to Bush. He showed up wearing a dashiki and delivered a letter to the President detailing what Hodges saw as the government's shortcomings for blacks in America. Hodges was waived by the Bulls in the off-season and believes that his political actions, not his play, were the main reason behind him being released. In 1996, after years out of the league, Hodges filed a $40 million lawsuit against the NBA.