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Dennis Rodman has strange outburst during CNN interview about North Korea

Jan 7, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

Dennis Rodman, when pressed by Chris Cuomo about the Basketball Hall of Famer’s infamous North Korea trip, began rambling and snapping during a CNN interview.

You can watch the above video if you want to try discerning Rodman’s point, but I don’t think he has one. He’s not qualified to answer questions about international issues, even if he props himself up as some sort of diplomat. He’s just a former basketball player who lacks expertise in global affairs.

However, the interview showcases a few traits of Rodman’s:

1. Rodman drinks a lot. I don’t know whether Rodman was drunk during this segment, but there is no doubt alcohol adversely impacted his ability speak coherently. His admittedly heavy drinking has taken its toll.

2. Rodman believes people should be free to do what they want. In some ways, that’s noble. Rodman is extremely tolerant of everyone. But even the most-accepting among us draw a line when people’s choices unfairly harm others. Rodman, unfortunately, doesn’t draw that distinction.

3. Rodman wants attention. He’s a clown, a performer who will make a spectacle of himself if it will attract eyeballs.

That, for better or worse, is Rodman. Anyone else seeking more is wasting time – and, in the case of Cuomo, getting yelled at.

  1. azarkhan - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    So the man who “believes people should be free to do what they want” continues to visit North Korea, a Communist tyranny where nobody is free. I used to like Rodman. Now I think he’s a pathetic attention whore who should be shunned.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      oh please with this bull sheet, a country with the race history of America and the savage treatment of the Native Indians sometimes need STFU and look in the mirror!

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        America has its own scars in its past that should not be discounted, but the injustices and genocide in North Korea are happening right now.

      • beavertonsteve - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Wow, you have come up with some amazing logic. It’s OK that Rodman is boosting the image of an oppressive mass murdering tyrant because another country has done things wrong in the past. Nice.

      • 1historian - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        you have a point, but if you keep your hat on perhaps no one will notice

        Thanks to Ann Landers

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        The biggest dumbfukc of these blogs shows exactly why he wears that title.

        It’s called progress dumbfukc

        America wasn’t a country when it near destroyed the Indians either you blathering idiot

      • skids003 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Yes, join us in the present, evilempire, we can’t help it what our ancestors did 100 years ago. We’re sorry it happened, but get over it.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        imnotyourbuddyguy – Jan 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        America wasn’t a country when it near destroyed the Indians either you blathering idiot

        Erm, not that it is relevant, but yes… yes it was.

      • mickdamill - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        You seem to know a lot about statistics. About 10% of African Americans here are decendants of slaves and 9% are decendants of the first settlers. We’re all looking in the mirror but I still dont see your point. The rest of Americans that came here are the people must have moved there to ruin their lives and come to a racially hateful place(I hope I laid the sarcasm on heavily there).

    • spthegr8 - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      I hope the game is halfcourt, cuz all of the them are OLD as Sh………….!!!!!!

      • spthegr8 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Dennis is an IDIOT!!!! End of story.

    • dezglobal - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Cocaines a hell of a drug.

  2. frankgarrett - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Idk why rodman goes way over there .. he should go see obama . he’s about the same

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      More proof of the pea brained nature of the right wing bass turd.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      skidmark, I will tell African Americans who were brought here to be slaves and the Native Indian woman and children who were slaughtered and invited to Thanksgiving to get over it.
      I’m sure they will appreciate your advice.

      Hey skid, maybe the North Korean woman who were raped by American soldiers high on Heroin will surely agree, maybe the parents of children killed by heroin addicted soldiers will understand.

      Thanks for clearing up you ancestors crimes against humanity.

      maybe you and khan can go find the WMD’s in Iraq.

      • skids003 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        I’m here because my ancestors were persecuted too. If you can jump in your time machine and go back, tell them I’m sorry. The one I’m telling to get over it is you. You sure seem to hate everything about this country.

    • hildezero - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Oh, stfu, knucklehead. Don’t bring that ish here. You’re a racist, huh? Obama has been a good president, punk.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        So… you have to think President Obama is a good president, or else you’re racist? That makes no sense…

      • zeedoubleyou - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        If you’re grading Obama on the Rob Ford scale, then yes, he would appear to be having a successful 2nd term. If not then you might want to touch up on the news.

    • stadix093 - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I’m not sure if you are trolling (if so well played, not funny but you’ll get a rise out of people) or you are just really stupid and have not read about what is actually happening there. If that is the case you should probably do that now.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Rodman’s parties are the stuff of Newport Beach legend. He got kicked out of town for partying too hard at his place. So yes, he does enjoy drinking.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      were the other ball players drunk too?

      • spthegr8 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Nah, just Dennis was.!!

  4. JMClarkent - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Charles Smith played the best defense of his career in that video.

    • caeser12 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      I hope Charles Smith is arrested, detained, questioned, and made to comment on camera, about those missed layups during the 1993 NBA playoffs.

      Dunk the damned ball Man!

      OK, I’m done.

  5. fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    maybe we should cancel the Winter Olympics this year.

    • skids003 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Since it’s not “our” Olympics, yeah, let’s do that.

  6. fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    America was very good friends with Saadam, Mubarak and Kadafi, until they were no
    longer useful as friends, and we know how that ended for those fellas, two are dead
    and one went from the Presidential palace to jail.

    • azarkhan - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Fevil, I always knew you were ignorant, but I had no idea until now that you’re also an America-hating, self-loathing swine. If you don’t like it here, get the f**k out. Nobody will miss you.

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        azarkhan same to you ignorant fool, look around real life is going on while you play make belief.

        Americas history is what it is.

        who are you to tell me to leave, you probably believe Columbus discovered America.

        why don’t you wake up and notice the Military Veterans sleeping on the streets with empty bellies my friend. you are a joker azarkhan.

      • skids003 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Amazes me how many thumbs up h has, but this is an NBC website.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        If recognizing facts makes you an America-hating, self-loathing swine, then consider me one. What he said about Sadaam, Mubarak and Qadaffi is absolutely correct. You can also add Osama Bin-Laden to that list.

    • monkeyhateclean - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Also, some people on this site who think America’s “scars” are in its “past” need to google “Guantanamo Bay” and “US Drones Massacre Civilians”.

    • hildezero - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Who’s “h”?

    • davidly - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      And Noriega, Batista, Pinochet, the Shah, and too many others, all of whom were murderers the US propped up after overthrowing democratically elected leaders in those countries. But, sure, CNN should tisk tisk basketball players. What was that you said before about propaganda, Kurt?

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Do the past (and present, frankly) errors of American foreign policy excuse what Rodman is doing? That’s an odd line of logic, the old “well, he did something worse” argument.

      • davidly - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        Don’t you see that you are making the same argument by saying Rodman is doing something wrong in the first place?

        In other words, there haven’t been a slew of posts on PBT the last several months questioning athlete’s paying respect to their own government officials who are engaging in horrid practices presently, even if they don’t effect someone they personally know.

        So either you cut Rodman slack, or you criticize everyone on equal ground. My comment is only an attempt to place this in the proper balance. And, frankly, if Rodman were more articulate, he’d be able to better make that point.

        BTW: people sing happy birthday to presidents the world and history over–and nary a one of them doesn’t have innocent blood on their hands.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        Here is where your logic falters: It is one thing to use ping-pong diplomacy to help open China, but those players did not embrace Mao. In the other instances where this has worked it has been about connecting the common people of the two countries, working ground up. Rodman embraced the dictator himself. Very different game.

      • davidly - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        @Kurt: You’re ignoring the elephant in the room (explicit in my comments) that has nothing to do with my logic or its faltering. It is not just past but present–as you admitted–crimes of war and covert democracy manipulation, gaming, and outright suppression with a multi-billion dollar corner of the market on the world’s primary sources of information in what is Rodman’s country of origin (“and associates” and the political warriors like to to put it). Basketball players and their fans stand solemnly before every single game espousing, in all its mythical glory, this very military state that is growing faster than inflation (still after all these years). And everyone knows there’s a profit motive. Even Maddow chirps about it every once in a while.

        Now I understand that even if we were of like mind on this–which I am certain we are not–there is nary a chance you would agree with this perspective here out in the open on a sports forum (and on the job)–indeed, a person with such a “radical” view of militarism would not likely be writing for as mainstream a publication–and especially not a company that produces aforesaid product and its public face, the likes of (not just GE, of course, but those other guys) and the aforementioned Maddow, for example, who spends more than 90 percent of her time going after far-right wingnuts and the GOP, effectively burying anything she’s said about the president violating the rule of law internationally while changing it willy-nilly domestically.

        And the idea of political balance is supposed to be FOX and the like–where you’re likely to get all manner of criticism of the current administration but never ever that the military state isn’t expansive enough.

        So Rodman’s singing his praise, quite literally, for the big bad wolf, who just so happens to be the result of America’s first prominent post greatest generation adventurism. Sorry, if I cannot muster the outrage at the Worm.

      • davidly - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:40 AM

        @ Kurt: BTW, I mean this as no personal animosity towards you. I just think that the coverage this trip has gotten here does more to bolster the status quo of the deceitful nature of the free world (and I do mean “free” in both the literal and ironic sense). Relative freedom afforded to the citizens of soft power lends undue credence to all of her actions.

        I don’t expect this to be the place to battle out ideologies. Indeed, which is why I find the nature of the attention that Rodman garners here to be frustrating. If we’re going to bother to call out the truly wicked in this world (and again, I don’t necessarily think it needs to be done at PBT), then we should point out everyone and everything–including all the uncomfortable details that most Americans know nothing about–that bolsters the totalitarian regimes of the world. The only thing that makes Kim unique is that–as far as we know–he was never on Intelligence’s payroll.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      No, it’s not true. The only person you can really say that about is Mubarak. The rest were allies only by default (i.e. enemy of an enemy) at certain times.

      And America was never a ‘good friend’ of Osama bin Laden. This is especially true once he founded Al Qaida. They had closer ties with Osama’s family, but not Osama himself. Just because Osama at one time fought against the Soviet Union, doesn’t mean he was America’s ‘good friend’.

      This isn’t the place for US history. But don’t present blatant distortions of history. We can argue about whether the US should have made concessions with Sadaam 30 years ago, but to say they were ‘good friends’ is preposterous.

      • absentstars - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Blatant distortions of history huh? Ever heard of the School of Americas?

        Osama bin Laden gained assistance from the CIA in 1979 in what has been called “the largest covert operation in the history of the CIA.”[1] This was during the Cold War period when the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan, causing an uproar by the Afghani people, who began a jihad against the Soviets. In order to stop the spread of Communism, the United States wanted to rid Afghanistan of the Soviets.[2] So, the CIA, using the Pakistan’s military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as a middle-man,2 assisted the Afghani fighters by dramatically increasing arms supplies — a steady rise to 65,000 tons annually by 1987, by training them in guerrilla techniques, and by maintaining a “ceaseless stream” of CIA and Pentagon specialists who traveled to the secret headquarters of Pakistan’s ISI.[3] Using the training, arms, and money given by the United States itself, some of Osama’s followers committed the greatest act of terror the world has ever witnessed on September 11, 2001 by hijacking four commercial airlines and crashing them into select targets.

        Would you give money arms and training to someone you didn’t consider a friend? Allies by default sounds like some whitewashing especially in the case of Iraq/Iran where we sold arms to both sides.

        Blatant distortions of history, haha! Good one!

      • borderline1988 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Your comment makes almost no sense. That passage is generalizing something that is in fact a lot more complex than as presented.

        It’s true that America helped Afghani fighters against the Soviets. However, just because Osama himself fought against the Soviets at that time means very little. It’s like saying Al Qaida members fighting today in Syria are ‘America’s friends’. They may be considered allies in a very round-about and twisted way b/c America is providing some aid to rebel fighters (albeit not to the same degree as in the 1980s to Afghani fighters), but to me, that’s just stupid symantics.
        There was no direct connection between the US and Osama. And when Osama turned to terrorism, the US watched him from day 1.

        Was the Communist USSR a ‘good friend’ of the USA during WW2, just because they both fought Germany? Should we be laughing at the USA for supporting Communism in Russia by fighting the Nazis?
        I know it’s a different situation, but the principle is the same.

        Propaganda is all it is.
        I’m all for cricizing the US. I really enjoyed the book ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ which is all about the American government and American corporations exploiting 3rd world countries for their own advantage.

        But spreading distortions of the truth doesn’t benefit anyone.

  7. truthplainandsimple - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Several things. I’m not sure if he’s drunk, but he’s never been a wordsmith. Also, it’s clear that the media figure (go figure) has an agenda, which is to make Rodman look like a villian. He’s not asking questions, he’s trying to pound his point. Third, Rodman made a decent point as the video conveniently cuts him off at the end.

    • truthplainandsimple - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Also, the title of the post was very sensational and misleading. There wasn’t a strange outburst, it was an interview. Actually, Charles Smith did most of the talking. Rodman was rambling (which isn’t new) but, he didn’t snap at all.

      • aboogy123456 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Agreed, where was the outburst? The author didn’t need to lie to get me to watch what was already an interesting video.

      • limonadamas - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        The outburst was in the link. It was pretty angry.

  8. skids003 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    The whole bunch are idiots.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      you should understand them.

      • skids003 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        That’s why I don’t, they’re idiots.

  9. cltcsfan33 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I don’t like how the author portrayed basketball players. Nba athletes are global ambassadors, that’s true whether you like the fact or not

  10. dohoangquan35 - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I hated Chris Cuomo more than I thought after watching this. This is a storm that Rodman’s crew didn’t create, the US media did and tried to paint them as villians.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      skidmark, you are a idiot, you so silly.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM


      • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        remember when Beyoncé and Jay Z went to Cuba.

  11. fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    skidmark, there you go again, making bullsheet statements, who said it was “our” Olympics.
    you are a big bull sheet artists talking so much sheet.

    • skids003 - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Well, since they are being held in Russia, I don’t think “we” can cancel them.

      • davidly - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        But we could conduct a hostile interview with the US ski team.

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM


      • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        has nothing to do with the games being in Russia, America has
        no control over the Olympic games.
        skidmark, you really don’t know sheet!

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        has nothing to do with the games being in Russia, America has
        no control over the Olympic games.
        skidmark, you really don’t know sheet!

  12. 00maltliquor - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Wowww that was painfully awkward. Is Rodman drunk? Charles Smith had to save him from himself. Vin Baker and Cliff Robinson looked like they couldn’t wait for the cameras to stop rolling!

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      they were thinking,” man I just wanted to play some ball “.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        For a second I thought he was gonna pull a Terrell Owens “my team, my quarterback” moment.

  13. noahbird - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    For sports reporters that have no idea what international relations are – outside of what your politicians tell you – it is better for some form of diplomacy, no matter how meaningless it seems, than no diplomacy at all. How’s Iraq these days?

  14. telldatruth - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Gotta love Worm!!!

    Sincerely Detroit Piston Nation

  15. davidly - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Appropriate that this should be posted on Kill List Tuesday, when it is decided whose uncle or brother or son shall be target via remote control, which–before you lay claim to not targeting innocence–we know kills innocent people. And there are basketball games every night in the good ol’ US of A. Where’s the outrage?

  16. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Rodman, et al…leave this stuff to the Globetrotters. If the Trotters won’t go there, it’s a bad place.

  17. urodaddy07 - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    “America wasn’t a country when it near destroyed the Indians either you blathering idiot”

    Where did you learn your history from? I’m not American and even I know you’re talking out of your ass

  18. saintlaron - Jan 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    I love when world issues spill into sports. It helps me gage how many people are still asleep. Oh boy… seems like damn near everyone still! Even the the intelligent guys like fanofevilempire. If it’s one thing you should take from this thread it should be this: America & the “United States” ARE TWO DIFFERENT ENTITIES. America hasn’t done these evil things all over the globe, the U.S. has. The U.S being the military extension of europe that runs this part of america(formally known as Morocco). The place we call the United States is a fraud government who rules you through Color of Law & Color of Courts set up alongside the government that was ALREADY HERE in 1776 (Treaty of Peace & Friendship), which you can see on the back of your U.S. one dollar bill. Logo on the left, pyramid/eye, is the original government(not illuminatti). Logo on right defacto government set up to collect taxes for England/The Vatican(Birth certificate,SSID,Pay Checks etc) that still rules today. Research the secret Treaty of Verona.

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