Dennis Rodman: ‘I’m Not a Traitor’

Former NBA star invites CNN reporter to sing karaoke with Kim Jong Un

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Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman (L) arrives at Pyongyang airport in Pyongyang, in this photo released by Kyodo Jan. 6, 2014

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman offered a sort-of apology for his antics during recent trips to North Korea on Friday, in a wide-ranging CNN interview conducted in the rehab facility where he’s being treated for alcohol abuse.

“I don’t go to the camps, I don’t do anything,” Rodman said of his visits to the isolated country. “I’m not a traitor.”

The interview came after Rodman’s last interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo raised eyebrows and even outrage when Rodman angrily defended his “friend,” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and suggested an American imprisoned there may have been detained justifiably (he later apologized for the latter remark).

Rodman, speaking with Cuomo more calmly this time, expressed remorse about how his drinking has affected his family.

“The one thing I regret: that I haven’t been a great dad. I’ve been an awful dad,” he said. “There’s a lot of steps I have to take before I die and this is one of the steps, to show my kids that I’m not a deadbeat dad.”

When pressed by Cuomo to explain his decision to travel to North Korea and call that country’s young, new dictator a “good guy,” Rodman defended his trip while seeking to distance himself from the country’s woeful human rights record. “I said that from day one,” he said. “I’m not an ambassador. I’m not a diplomat.”

Addressing issue of Kenneth Bae, an American currently imprisoned in North Korea, Rodman said: “Like I said, I’m not in government, I don’t know how that works. But, dealing with the Bae family, like I said, I feel for them, I feel for them deeply. Like I said, I would do anything, I would do anything, this is Dennis Rodman talking. If they said we’ll take Dennis Rodman and we’ll let Kenneth Bae go. I’ll say, ‘You know what? I’ll do that. Straight ahead. I’ll do it. Take me.’”

Rodman stood by his characterization of Kim Jong Un as his friend.

“I don’t know the ‘Marshall’ as a dictator,” Rodman said. “All I know is the fact that with him, he’s a 31 year old guy, I call him a kid. And yeah he’s my friend.”

Rodman invited Cuomo to come to North Korea to “sit down and have dinner with [Kim], and sing karaoke.”

46 comments
Paloma Savaengcharoen
Paloma Savaengcharoen

I thought he was fed to the dogs, DARN! PLEEEASE, someone get rid of this psychopath already, ugh!

mitchellglaser
mitchellglaser

I don't think it is fair to probe Rodman and Kim Kardashian's love life this way. What? It's Kim Jong Un? My statement still stands.

EdwardWPWW
EdwardWPWW

ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYONE!
If “anti-racists” are so unconcerned with race, how come they only have a problem with White Countries, White Cities, White Neighborhoods, White Workplaces, White schools?
I’ve never seen any “anti-racist” complain that any place is too brown and it has to become LESS brown to combat racism.
Who do they think they are kidding?
“Multiculturalism” = White GeNOcide
Anti-Racist is a code for anti-White.

Jamie Parsons
Jamie Parsons

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jung - who cares, is the only relationship christianmingle.com will not directly take credit for.

Rodica Calancea
Rodica Calancea

Because peace can only be done with a war, right America? I think he's championing peace better than any recent president. Not like the guy has information about US secrets and things that we need to worry about. He's just a basketball player.

Prince Duke
Prince Duke

Nobody is prefect even you I mean You

JohnKovacich
JohnKovacich

I want to live in a world were nobody is talking about rodman or beiber!

Mark Jeffries
Mark Jeffries

Once you go to N.Korea you dont come back. Kim Jong is gonna have this dude making him stirfry for the rest of his life.

Sean Sundquist
Sean Sundquist

Vice season 1 episode 10 on HBO will give all the naysayers a little perspective on why Rodman's visits first began. Watching the last few minutes of this episode may change many of your Rodman-bashing tunes.

Sally Moreland Abbott
Sally Moreland Abbott

He is certifiable and Kim Jung Un is too...the problem is that Kim Jung Un can/will kill people.

Tim Rummell
Tim Rummell

How dare he steal the spotlight from those singing "give peace a chance"

Mason A. Gross
Mason A. Gross

I heard the NBA all stars lost to the N. Korean team.

Alejandro B. Quiles
Alejandro B. Quiles

Feed The Dogs With Him... The Crazy Is Killing His Own Family... O Quiere Marido? Figlio Di ....

Jenny Rainone
Jenny Rainone

Please stop talking about this dictator and his latest PR Clown.

Omar Dakhane
Omar Dakhane

of course you're not, you are just f**king crazy!

Original Bey
Original Bey

A traitor? Of course not. Just the same dumb weird attention seeking a--hole you have always been!

NancyGreen
NancyGreen

Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church has business and social ties with North Korea. They like to collect celebrities and they have countless organizations that are not obviously connected to the Church. Have they got Dennis Rodman?

DanBruce
DanBruce

Rodman is a traitor to intelligence, common sense, and cool. And, I would guess, he'll drink to that!

eagle11772
eagle11772

This idiot IS a traitor.  Him saying he's not, doesn't make his statement true.  It's a shame that Kim didn't tell him he was staying in North Korea.  FOREVER.  

vajonhi
vajonhi

Forgive my poor history