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Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea hanging with Kim Jong Un

Sep 3, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

Dennis Rodman AP

The other day I mocked the idea that NBA Hall of Famer could do anything in the Kenneth Bae case, but I will say this — at least he’s got his foot in the door. That’s more than we can say for the United States’ last formal envoy to the country.

Rodman is back in North Korea right now and will visit with the country’s dictator Kim Jong Un, reports the Associated Press.

On this trip Rodman refused to say whether he would ask about Bae, but rather said he was just visiting a friend and to maybe help start a basketball league.

“I’m not there to be a diplomat. I’m there to go there and just have a good time, sit with (Kim) and his family, and that’s pretty much it,” Rodman said.

Of course, reports are not all friends of Kim have things work out so well for them. But it’s Rodman’s life and he should live it how he sees fit an hang with who he sees fit.

Rodman was in North Korea back in February as part of a “basketball diplomacy” trip with some Harlem Globetrotters when he and the unquestioned ruler of that nation hit it off — turns out he’s a big NBA fan, particularly those 1990s Bulls teams. Rodman and Kim hung out and upon his return Rodman would tell anyone who would listen what a good guy Kim was.

  1. asimonetti88 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    His dad Kim Jong-Il really wanted to meet Michael Jordan back in the day. Bill Clinton sent Madeline Albright instead. Talk about owned.

    • badintent - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      WELL HELL, Bubba couldn’t send his wife now ? She’s put her foot in her big mouth and start a world war. common sense.Better to send Monica or Paula Jones. is Jennifer Flowers available ? Kim digs the blondes.

  2. adamsjohn714 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Why don’t you stay there, Rodman? That way we’re spared you’re ridiculously ignorant and offensive interview responses upon your return.

  3. metalhead65 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    stop giving this freak the publicity he wants. the only good thing that can from this is if that maniac who runs the country decides to keep him there. let him live 1 day like the average person does there and see if he thinks the great leader is such a wonderful person.

  4. midnite2020 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Dennis please just sit down read a book go catch a movie but please stay off the drugs

    • badintent - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      Many Rehabs for booze.And losing Carmen Electra. If we lost her we go to Rehab too

  5. 2bemoore43 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    funny how the people sitting behind key boards have negative things to say about a guy who is just living unapologetically. wonder what will be said if he actually helps free a man?

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      I denigrated him because he publicly defends a documented mass murderer with such stupid phrases as, “he’s actually not a bad guy. Just spend some time with him.”

      He doesn’t have to apologize for him comments, but he can be, and is, mocked for them.

      • franbotel - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Get off your high horse US govt has supported similar despots and will continue when it suits our interest. Diplomacy is a complicated dance while no fan of kim jung visits like Rodman can only help. China and Russia were once our enemies but now every us business can wait to work with China even to the detriment of the nation.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:39 AM

        Your grasp of international politics is simply staggering. Rodman might have mentioned he isn’t a diplomat and just likes the guy, by the way.

      • skids003 - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        fran, send him to iran or Syria, and see what he can work out for us.

  6. shanelsweet - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    If you’ve spent any time watching and reading about Dennis Rodman, then you know he’s a lover and not a hater. His life choices aren’t for everybody, but he’s only “hurting” himself. When he brings that man home from North Korea, here’s hoping that even the haters can give him some love

  7. mickdamill - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I have a feeling his intentions are not to free anyone but more for personal interest. Anyone who considers Kim to be a “good guy” should be beaten. I guess starving women, children and the elderly is held in high regards by some people.

    • doubleogator - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Totally agree with you…why choose this monster as a “friend”? Might be because being his friend comes with lots of fringe benefits if you know what I mean…

  8. steppdad - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Why is it that we can’t go to Cuba, but Rodman can go to North Korea?

    • phaden27 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      You can go to Cuba if you fly out of another country.
      Pretty sure Rodman flew to China before going to North Korea.

    • badintent - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:46 AM

      Fly into any Mexico airport and buy the ticket There to Cuba.No information is collected and sent to Holder and the his Nazi Justice Department or the NSA

  9. antistratfordian - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I wonder when we’re going to find out that Rodman is a CIA operative.

  10. 2bemoore43 - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    actually, flights leave Miami International Airport going back & forth to Cuba DAILY… easy enuff to verify, so check it out (before you post untruths, next time)

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