Dennis Rodman Crosses Line With Wife

Basketball Legend and Online Casino Team Up for Wife-Carrying Contest

Jul 05, 2005, 01:00 ET from

    SONKAJARVI, Finland, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As an NBA legend, notorious
 party animal, headline-grabbing celebrity, wrestler, poker player, and
 talk-show host, Dennis Rodman has done it all.  Except lend his unique brand
 of shock value to the 2005 Wife Carrying World Championships.  Now "The Worm"
 proves there's a first time for everything.  Rodman was on hand for the 2005
 Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland, sponsored by  Like so many of the world's more bizarre events, wife
 carrying has it's origins buried deep in the bosom of an age old local
 tradition -- in this case, the 19th century practice of wife stealing.
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      * (Photo Caption: Dennis Rodman carrying local girl.)
     The competition has achieved enormous popularity worldwide spawning North
 American, Australian, German, South African, and Estonian Championships.  But
 the World Championships will always be in Sonkajarvi where it all started.
     Unfortunately Rodman was not able to bring his wife because she recently
 broke her leg.  He chose a lucky local girl to carry instead.  The
 ex-basketball star only participated in the final 100 meters of the 235 meter
 course saying that he was not ready for such a grueling course.  In a
 post-event press conference, Rodman promised to train harder for next year's
 competition.  The Estonians went on to win the event.
     The casino has been making headlines for years with their outrageous
 advertising, and this is just the kind of eccentricity that attracts the
 popular gaming site, as well as their celebrity spokesperson Rodman.
     Rodman has been involved with several marketing
 campaigns, including the famous Running Of The Bulls in Pamplona with Ray
 Sabbatini, a man stricken with Multiple Sclerosis, to support MS awareness and
 help find a cure for the deadly disease.
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