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Dennis Rodman says he should be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize

Jul 2, 2013, 5:10 PM EST

Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Rodman is welcomed by Son, Vice Chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committe, as he arrives in Pyongyang Reuters

Nelson Mandela. The Dalai Lama. Mikhail Gorbachev. Lech Walesa. Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr. And….

Dennis Rodman?

Well, “the worm” thinks he belongs on that list. All those other people have won the Nobel Peace Prize and Rodman feels his February trip to hang out with Kim Jong-un puts him on the list. For the record, he’s serious. This is not an Onion article.

In a “where are they now” story in Sports Illustrated this week, SI’s writers caught up with Rodman at a horror show convention where he was selling his new children’s book (you can’t make stuff like that up). Given the chance he once again extoled his trip to North Korea on a “mission to help break the ice” with Kim Jong-un. Who just happens to be a big Jordan era Bulls fan.

“Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever. People say he’s the worst guy in the world. All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America. His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what’s the harm in a simple phone call? This is a new age, man. Come on, Obama, reach out to Kim and be his friend.”

“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman says. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama’s] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”

Yes, since Rodman’s visit everything has been so smooth between the USA and North Korea. He hasn’t bombed Hawaii once, you can’t argue with that logic. Give him the medal… we all get to vote on the Nobel Prizes just like with American Idol, right?

Rodman’s Kim Jong-un talk has already gotten him thrown out of a bar in New York. Sadly, all of this barely cracks the Rodman Top 10 of crazy.

Rodman did attempt to do some good and since he returned asked Kim to release Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. That has had no effect. Shocking.

Rodman is expected to go back to North Korea in August.

If you want more of what it was like when Rodman and several Harlem Globetrotters were in North Korea, here is a little video (via Ben Golliver at SI).

  1. pmx8411 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    “His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama.” BWAHAHAHAH YA OK

  2. bucrightoff - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Do they give Nobel Prizes for kicking cameramen?

  3. azarkhan - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Barack Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize and did absolutely nothing to deserve it. Why not Rodman? After all, you can’t devalue something that has already been devalued beyond repair.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      This is fact. I don’t see how anyone can disagree, and I’m not generally an “anti-Obama” guy- at least not any more so than anti- any other politicians.

    • snoopy2014 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Two thumbs up for you, sir.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        My thoughts exactly.

    • Mike A. Layne - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      The resciding of the Mexico City policy, rejection of torture, naming of the climate change envoy, and closing of Guantanamo. He did that in 12 days. That’s why he got the prize. All seem like nobel acts to me, but you act as if there was some sort of conspiracy to get him the award.

  4. joebone - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Sure, because we award the Nobel prize to brain-damaged alcoholic fame whores.

  5. oldcat157 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    He’s got a point that no one wants to bomb. No one does. It’s due to the media that no one can call anyone these days without everyone finding out.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      You must be old.

  6. scalfor3 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Why not? Fricken Yasser Arafat has won the thing. The Nobel Peace Prize is a joke.

  7. eboneseagles - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    If anyone saw the whole vice episode, they know this isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds.

  8. joewilliesshnoz - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Ambassador Rodman. To see the President . . .

  9. apmn - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Let’s make a deal…Obama will play a pick-up game or two with Kim, but only if North Korea takes Rodman off our hands. Forever.

  10. baredon - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    As Ron White says…. You can’t fix stupid… The worm would have to graduate from pre school to be called stupid… Moron….!!

  11. huskydoggie - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Since there is no Nobel Freak Prize, why not…

  12. hommie12 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    That’ll be all Dennis, that’ll be all.

  13. zzjohn - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    He misspelled it. Dennis, you have been nominated (several times) for the NObrain peace prize. Not the Nobel…..

  14. jimeejohnson - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Dennis Rodman: you are an outrageous freak. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  15. craniest - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    NOPE. If you have to nominate yourself for it, you’re not worthy of it. Not that everyone that’s gotten one is my choice for it either, mind you. But self-nomination or promoting yourself for it pretty much says to the world “I don’t deserve this”

  16. inthearex - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    If anyone watched the season Finale of Vice, then you saw Dennis Rodman make a speech in front of Un and an arena full of North Koreans. I was terrified to hear what would come out but he was shockingly forthright and polite and conveyed a good message. Kudos to Rodman.

  17. cowpiesnotcowboys - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    There is something seriously wrong. Between Rodman’s ears.

  18. fm31970 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I’m willing to guess nobody else was willing to go to North Korea to meet KJ-u, so give him some credit for doing so. Despite his schtick, Rodman’s a very genuine person, and he’s no idiot. Nobel Peace Prize winner? Maybe not, but he did something few if any of his fellow Americans were willing to do,

  19. kountryking - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Why is this a news item? He was a great basketball player but his time was up when he retired.

  20. philliephaninva - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Dennis, feel free to go live with your little fat friend…forever.

  21. gwest40 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Nobel Peace Prize? No. But if you have ever read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, you’ll realize that Dennis Rodman (despite appearances), is light years ahead of many politicians on human relations, which is the cornerstone of diplomacy. Diplomacy can prevent a 21 year-old kid from leaving half of his body and most of his sanity on some battlefield oversees in a country that doesn’t appreciate his sacrifice.

    When N. Korea was threatening the U.S., Obama moved aircraft carriers into the region. All that was really needed was to invite Kim over to the NBA All-Star game (or any NBA game) as the special guest of the NBA Commissioner, Dennis Rodman, and Michael Jordan. Have him sit in the skybox, meet some of the players, play a pick-up game with Rodman, Jordan, and Obama, present Kim with a pair of the latest Jordans customized with the N. Korean flag emblem, and give him a plane load of Nike stuff. Not only will you avoid conflict, you will probably earn an ally.

  22. mtheparrothead - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    @mike,

    That’s funny because a simple google search will let you know that not only has gitmo not closed (empty promise), but there has been a hunger strike going on there for a good part of a year. By all means defend your guy, but at least make sure you don’t look like an idiot in doing so.

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