Rodman Again Visits His ‘Friend’ — North Korean Dictator

The former basketball star didn't say whether he would seek the release of a jailed American missionary

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, his wife Ri Sol-Ju and former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman clap during an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea to visit his “friend,” authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un.

Rodman, who made a high-profile visit to the isolated country in February, landed again on Tuesday just days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a U.S. envoy hoping to bring home an American missionary jailed in North Korea, the Associated Press reports.

The bombastic basketball player — known for his many tattoos, piercings and wild antics — declined to tell reporters whether he would seek the American missionary Kenneth Bae’s release before he boarded his plane.  “I just want to meet my friend Kim, the marshal, and start a basketball league over there or something like that,” Rodman said.

Bae was arrested in November and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for what the regime called hostile acts against the state. Rodman once asked Kim Jung Un over Twitter to “do me a solid” and release Bae. But before this trip he said, “I’m not there to be a diplomat.”

Rodman first met Kim, who is reportedly a die-hard fan of the 1990s-era Chicago Bulls teams that Rodman played with, during a visit in February to promote the sport and film a Vice show. He has called Kim an “awesome guy” and suggested that “basketball diplomacy” could repair relations between the U.S. and North Korea.

[AP]

78 comments
Openminded1
Openminded1

what is with all these brothers going to visit dictators? They trying to learn something from these guys, Jay z to Cuba this Moron Rodman to N.Korea and K west to some place with STAn at the end of it. Secretly working for Obama most likely special envoys for the muslim brotherhood or something.

Brenda Catharina Thijsen
Brenda Catharina Thijsen

Our World is A Free World. Why can't he have Freinds that he wants???? Negative People:Start Living your own Life!! Stop minding other Peoples Businness! Live your own Life before you Die!!!!!!!!

Thomas Rogan Rawls
Thomas Rogan Rawls

What a sarcastic, condescending post. Shame on you, TIME. Dennis Rodman is showing this man that if he were to come out of his shell, he would be met with praise. He's connecting the two countries. He is the man's "friend" because it's a f***ing honorable endeavor.

Johnclawson333
Johnclawson333

@TIME our greatest ambassador Dennis Rodman bringing peace and rebounds to all men

Mmaria Isabel Jesus
Mmaria Isabel Jesus

Deus nos ajude!!! Porque é que as pessoas não pesquisam e aprendem o que é o Comunismo? O Comunismo já assassinou mais pessoas, que o próprio Nazismo!!! O Comunismo é bom para os líderes, pois podem fazer tudo o que lhes apetece. Agora, as pessoas são logo condenadas à morte!!! Há pessoas burras, que não se preocupam com a vida dos outros!!! Lá no fundo deve ter problemas na mente para apoiar um ditador!!! Burrice a quanto obrigas!!!

Christine Harris
Christine Harris

Great game! Wonder if Kim Jong Un would be considering an exchange visit to see the game played on its home turf?

Amazon Panda
Amazon Panda

This dude is like an American Ambassador in North Korea. Might as well use his connection ..for some thing benefit us :D

Adrian Jawort
Adrian Jawort

Rodman's Booku is too big! They said. My bad but had to do it.

Ken Lee
Ken Lee

Maybe Rodman's looking to recruit KJU for the next "Celebrity Apprentice."

jethroel
jethroel

@TIMEWorld I'm also interested to visit this place, North Korea! I bring the message of GOD IS LOVE!

Danny McAdams
Danny McAdams

Hold on, I have to smack my tablet, the news site is glitching. Very strange.

Sarita Johnson
Sarita Johnson

Ask someone in prison in North Korea if they think Dennis Rodman is having an influence on him.

TomMengel
TomMengel

So, Mr. Rodman wants to hang with a guy who just shot his ex-girlfriend (and the entire band she performed with), is starving half his country's people to death to the point to where the children are permanently stunted and brain damaged, and runs a gulag that would put Hitler's WWII concentration camps to shame as far a sheer human cruelty.   Has anyone mentioned to this fool that maybe he is taking his "attitude" a little to far?  Maybe it's time to revoke his citizenship while he is visiting "Dear Leader" and let him become Kim Jong Un's permanent BFF.

saudsultan
saudsultan

@TIME becareful just executed his ex girl friend so what's a friend

Gene Kearon
Gene Kearon

.not sure, but isn't visting North Korea without permission from the US government considered treason?

Robby Zheng
Robby Zheng

Plot twist: Rodman has been employed by the CIA on a secret mission to assassinate Kim Jong-Un by posing as his 'friend' and getting more intel on the regime's secrets.

Piarda
Piarda

@Nywah they're gonna go hit up the clubs together

xsylwiash
xsylwiash

@TIME One of korean paradox. Try to destroy capitalism -Inivite USA basketball player. yeah

Chaney_Leher
Chaney_Leher

@TIME he is in such privileged position and doesn't realise it. He doesn't have to be a 'diplomat' to help Bae, a fellow countryman

WeazThe
WeazThe

@TIME their planning a pick up game against Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. #4'9Koreandictatorsdeffinatelycantjump

GrainOfSands
GrainOfSands

@TIME Watch out Dennis, don't say no, or you could end up executed like his other girlfriend!

StephanLiozu
StephanLiozu

@TIME. He should become an official US Envoy there. It would be hysterical to have him employed by the State Department!

Will Mac
Will Mac

personally think Kim Jong Un is far worse than his dad, a proper psycho.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@saudsultan @TIME 

a friend is someone you're still close with. an ex may be someone you hate