Eccentric former basketball star Dennis Rodman is to become the first man to strip naked for animal charity PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS.

The flamboyant 43-year-old agreed to peel off for the charity's famous 'I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur' campaign after meeting PETA vice-president DAN MATTHEWS at a Florida nightclub.

The pair bonded over their mutual charitable work - Rodman's DENNIS RODMAN FOUNDATION helps the homeless, and PETA has a program that donates unwanted fur coats to homeless people.

Matthews tells gossip site THE SCOOP, "He said this sounds like the perfect partnership.

"He said that furriers have pushed free furs on him over the years, and he's always refused. He said that he was always embarrassed when an ex-wife wore furs."

22/12/2004 17:22