Dennis Rodman Allegedly Refuses Multiple Requests to Wear Mask on JetBlue Flight, Resulting in Police Encounter

Dennis Rodman was greeted by police when he touched down in Fort Lauderdale on Monday after refusing to wear a mask aboard his JetBlue flight from L.A.

Dennis Rodman speaks onstage at Mike Rubin's Fanatics Super Bowl Party

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Dennis Rodman speaks onstage at Mike Rubin's Fanatics Super Bowl Party

Dennis Rodman was greeted by police on Monday morning when his flight touched down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

As reported by TMZ via an eyewitness, the NBA legend was allegedly told four times by JetBlue staff to put on a mask during his trip from Los Angeles. The 60-year-old would initially oblige the request, only to pull his mask below his chin after staffers walked away. When asked again, he allegedly claimed the mask was hindering his breathing.

TMZ learned the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was waiting for Rodman upon his arrival as a result of his pushback, and after a brief, cooperative discussion he was set free without any citation.

This isn’t the first time Rodman has flouted COVID-19 restrictions. In September 2020, the eccentric ballplayer was captured on video grocery shopping and hugging fans at a Tustin, California Whole Foods with a mask below his chin.

Aside from his controversial stance on masking, Dennis Rodman has had a good year. In August, Lionsgate acquired the rights to the spec script for 48 Hours in Vegas, a film set to be based on Rodman’s notorious Sin City adventure he took during the NBA Finals in 1998. Deadline wrote that the film will find Rodman paired with his “skittish assistant GM,” and that the story will “detail a budding friendship that neither one of them ever thought was possible but will end up solving both of their problems.” Rodman signed on to the project as executive producer.

“There’s only one Dennis Rodman. In 1998, there was nobody on Earth who’d be more fun—or maybe more dangerous—to party with. And yet that’s not even half of who he is,” said Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane. “This movie takes you on an unforgettable ride with the myth, the legend, and also the man that Dennis is, behind everything you think you know.” 

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