Strange, but True: Dennis Rodman is Going to North Korea

Dennis Rodman, a.k.a. 'The Worm,' is set to arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday for some 'basketball diplomacy.'

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Dennis Rodman at the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on Feb. 26, 2013.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea with VICE Media Inc., reports to the Washington Post.

Rodman,  a.k.a. ‘The Worm,’ a.k.a. the guy who married Carmen Electra in Vegas,  is set to arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday and will reportedly be accompanied by three members of the Harlem Globetrotters, a VICE correspondent and a production crew. They will be shooting footage for a new TV documentary slated to debut on HBO on April 5.

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VICE told the Associated Press that the Americans hope to engage in a little “basketball diplomacy” and will be running a camp for children, playing pickup games with locals, and may scrimmage with some of the country’s top athletes. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is said to be a basketball fan. Said VICE founder Shane Smith:

At a time when tensions between the two countries are running high, it’s important to keep lines of cultural communication open, no matter how non-traditional those channels may be.  It’s important to show North Koreans that America is not their enemy, and playing a game we both love is a step in the right direction.

VICE, a Brooklyn-based media company, has made two previous visits to North Korea. In 2006, they produced the ‘VICE Guide to North Korea,’ ABC News reported.

Rodman’s trip is the second high-profile American visit this year to North Korea: Google’s executive chairman made a four-day trip to Pyongyang in January.  The visit also comes two weeks after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test.

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41 comments
Thomas Trawick
Thomas Trawick

Dude are you insane..no one is going to come looking for you. Attention getter.

Sumi Allen
Sumi Allen

MUCH BETTER THAN THE KOBE BRYANT SCANDAL. Lakers and Suns visiting cancer stricken victims in the hospitals, Basketball players running to help people victimized under a bad government. Where's the press?!!! God bless them!

paquan
paquan

"Strange, But True: Dennis Rodman Is Going To North Korea"    Permanently I hope ! The  N Korean 'Minister of Piercings' is apparently on his way out leaving an obvious void in the NK regime. Since being released by the Dallas Mavericks in 2000,  Dennis remains a 'free agent' and available for signing by the Supreme  Leader Kim Jong-un with no compensation to the Mavericks.

Steve Clark
Steve Clark

I wonder if he will meet the tea girl?..

David Jenneropolis
David Jenneropolis

Kim Jong-Un is actually a Basketball fan, so will prob he happy that he's there

A Sun Beamer
A Sun Beamer

yes weird story. thought he was in jail ???

A Sun Beamer
A Sun Beamer

yes weird story. thought he was in jail ???

Ethan Soren Rahimi
Ethan Soren Rahimi

They need someone who is tall as he is! He can come to help, in order to put nuclear warheads on top of missiles that will be used to send him back to Japan\ S.korea\ or USA.... lol

Kevin Park
Kevin Park

Maybe, they will not let him leave and this life will be better.

Kevin Park
Kevin Park

Maybe, they will not let him leave and this life will be better.

Terri Yancy
Terri Yancy

Well, you know, he doesn't have much to do around here thers days...

Terri Yancy
Terri Yancy

Well, you know, he doesn't have much to do around here thers days...

Travis Cole
Travis Cole

What some people will do for free internet.

Mega Blot
Mega Blot

Talk about mega blot art it's all over him lol yeah give him a chance for real.

Conchita Bouza
Conchita Bouza

Que patetico !! Humillante !!que pensaran los sud coreanos de ustedes !!

Conchita Bouza
Conchita Bouza

Que patetico !! Humillante !!que pensaran los sud coreanos de ustedes !!

Ryan Bliss
Ryan Bliss

He was always all about making peace on the basketball court right?

Ryan Bliss
Ryan Bliss

He was always all about making peace on the basketball court right?

Daniel Lopez
Daniel Lopez

As long as he doesn't fight anyone, it should be fine.

Daniel Lopez
Daniel Lopez

As long as he doesn't fight anyone, it should be fine.

Irene Shaw
Irene Shaw

Yes indeed... He is a very strange man...

jimmy_roh
jimmy_roh

@sethskim They should send Metta World Peace instead

saroki19
saroki19

@AdrianNCF should send Carmen Electra instead of Rodman...she can accomplish more