NBA pro Dennis Schröder is fighting for his reputation. “The image in Germany does not correspond to who I really am,” the national basketball player told DAZN. That’s why he and his new manager Marcus Höfl are “just about to set these things right,” Schröder said, “so that people know exactly what I think and how I am.”

Schröder, currently without a contract for the new season in the North American professional league NBA, has repeatedly faced criticism at home. Be it because of his luxurious lifestyle or his sometimes very self-confident appearance.

“The bottom line is that you can’t get anywhere without envy,” says Schröder, that has to be “there to give you the confirmation that you’re doing something good.” That’s why he sees no reason to change his behaviour: “I’m not going to change my personality, how I think and how I am.”

The 28-year-old can live with the often harsh criticism, even in the USA. “You should enjoy everything you do every day. If you don’t have haters, you’re not doing something right. No athlete should be offended by something like that.”