Dennis Rodman Sings Happy Birthday To His “Best Friend,” Kim Jong Un

Rodman sang before controversial Pyongyang game between former NBA players and North Korean team

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Feb. 28, 2013.

Dennis Rodman sang “Happy Birthday” Wednesday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a group of former NBA basketball players onto the court as part of Rodman’s controversial “basketball diplomacy” program.

Rodman called Kim his “best friend” as the leader watched from the stands with his family, the Associated Press reports.  About 14,000 people filled Pyongyang stadium to watch the game between former American basketball stars and the North Korean team.

The American team, mostly in their late 40s, included former stars like Cliff Robinson, Kenny Anderson, and Charles D. Smith. The Americans played against the North Korean team for the first half of the game, and then mixed up the teams for the second half.

The other American players did not join Rodman in singing for the North Korean leader, and former Knicks forward Charles D. Smith told the Associated Press he had advised Rodman against it. “We always tell Dennis that he can’t sing. He is tone deaf,” Smith said. “He did it alone.”

MORE: U.S. Congressman, North Korean Exiles Ask Rodman to Call Off Pyongyang Game

Calling the leader his “best friend” is a new development for the controversial relationship between the eccentric basketball star and Kim Jong Un, especially since the leader rarely meets with foreigners. Members of Congress and the NBA have denounced the friendship as dangerous and naive, and Rodman has come under intense criticism from human rights groups for not using his influence to help free American hostage Kenneth Bae, who is poor health.

[AP]

255 comments
Timothy Hill
Timothy Hill

I don't think their laughing with him. I think their laughing at him. What a poor ambassador example of America.

Mark Mallory
Mark Mallory

If Rodman likes his North Korean friends so much we should renounce his citizenship

Heidi Plangg
Heidi Plangg

I cant grasp this Rodmans reasoning.......better yet I dont think he can grasp it either..........

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

" Come on Kim baby , I want to give you head " .

Farsheed Dehghan
Farsheed Dehghan

Delaram Yazdansepas did u send the Happy Birthday Card for KIM?

James Rarasea
James Rarasea

The British have OO7 James Bond, The Americans have 10-91 -73-70 Rodman ,Agent Dennis "bad boy" Rodman .CIA

Re Bell
Re Bell

weg mit dem..........rübe runter wie er es auch macht...auge um auge....grins

Jocelyn A. Swaggins
Jocelyn A. Swaggins

Seriously, ITS DENNIS RODMAN. Are we really that surprised he does something this ridiculous?

Rex Post
Rex Post

Real life dumb and dumber.

EJ Ezra McGee
EJ Ezra McGee

Dennis CRAZY PANTS Rodman. He is high and drunk.

Gusti Matei
Gusti Matei

his "best friend" will kill him after first mistake

Steve H. Karsten
Steve H. Karsten

I feels sorry for the N. Korean team when they lose. Will be a TEAM execution :-)

Joas Steven Krissata
Joas Steven Krissata

Ricky Ric kalo u nyanyi happy bday buat kim cong hau ya... huahahahhahaa........

Ricky Ric
Ricky Ric

D¡d H3 ςang happy_8'day ¡n h¡p_h0p ςtyl3 Mr_K¡m ?

Pavalisa Salazar
Pavalisa Salazar

He should renounce his citizenship here and move over there with his bestie!

Luly Tester
Luly Tester

What a loser! Let him stay there so he can see what it's really like to live in a land without freedom and be repressed like those poor North Korean people. His next stop will be Cuba I'm sure.

Ginny Nowak
Ginny Nowak

Then stay over there you traitor, you must be related to obumer, he's a traitor too!

Rodrigo Gavazzoni
Rodrigo Gavazzoni

yeah, if your best friend kill his own people just because they desagree on the way they view politics, I'm sure you had better not make him sad. !

Destin Heath
Destin Heath

Match made in heaven, and if I Remember right rodman already has a wedding dress for the big day!

realJuliusGil
realJuliusGil

Dennis just wants to play basketball AND have a play date with Un

Amy Perkins
Amy Perkins

Shouldn't that be an Unhappy Birthday?

김무식
김무식

감사합니다 고맙습니다 건강하세요 행복 따로 준비하지마라 지금 당장 행복하라 살아있는 것 중에 목적없이 존재하는 것은 없다 상대방에게 지는 것이야 말로 결국은 '이기는 방법'이다 千千爲敵 一夫勝之 未若自勝 爲戰中上 전장에 나가 수천의 적을 혼자 싸워 이기는 것보다 미약한 자신을 이기는 것이 용감한 전사 중에 최고이다

Little Manly
Little Manly

Those people in the back ground not singing Happy Birthday are in really big Trouble.