Latest 'Diplomat' to North Korea: Dennis Rodman
Former NBA star engaging in 'sports diplomacy'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Dennis Rodman, fifth from right, poses with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters, in red jerseys, and a production crew for the media upon arrival at Pyongyang Airport, North Korea, Feb. 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

(Newser) – Who needs diplomats when you've got Dennis Rodman? The former NBA great, perhaps best known at this point for his flamboyant appearance and very messy personal life, has a new gig ... as an ambassador to North Korea. Rodman arrived in the communist country today to engage in "sports diplomacy," the AP reports. He and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters will be running a basketball camp for kids, playing some pickup games with locals, and competing against North Korea's top athletes—and all of it will be filmed for an HBO special airing in April.

"Is sending the Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Rodman to [North Korea] strange? In a word, yes," admits Shane Smith, host of the upcoming series. "But finding common ground on the basketball court is a beautiful thing." And the move might make more sense when you consider that Kim Jong Un was reportedly a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls back in the 1990s, when Rodman helped the team win three championships. But his appearance may take some residents of the impoverished country aback: "He looks like a monster!" said one, who actually recoiled upon seeing a picture of tattoo-emblazoned Rodman.

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Marelicia
Feb 27, 2013 8:31 PM CST
If Rodman is taken and held hostage. Don't call me or Hillary. Be safe there Rodman and return home safe.
NorCalHal
Feb 27, 2013 11:07 AM CST
.Diplomacy Obummer style. Can you imagine what the North Korean will think of the United States and Americans after they see Rodman? Are we sending a message of how serious we take them by sending a clown? If the Rod can't straighten them out maybe Oblama can send Oprah or the other clown - Biden.
donwine
Feb 26, 2013 4:14 PM CST
I had no idea that North Korea was gay!