Rodman Returns to N. Korea to Hang With the 'Marshal'
Jailed American won't be discussed, he says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2013 2:37 AM CDT
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman with North Korea's Kim Jong Un at a basketball game earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Vice.com via HBO)

(Newser) – Dennis Rodman is back in Pyongyang, but the family of imprisoned American Kenneth Bae shouldn't get their hopes up: The former NBA star says the five-day visit is about basketball and hanging out with his "awesome" buddy Kim Jong Un, not diplomacy. "I'm not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae," Rodman told Reuters before boarding a flight in Beijing. "I'm just trying to go over there to meet my friend Kim, the Marshal. Try to start a basketball league over there, something like that." Rodman watched a basketball game with the North Korean leader during his first visit to the country earlier this year and the pair were seen laughing and joking.

"I'm not a diplomat," Rodman told reporters, though he asked Kim earlier this year to "do him a solid" and free Bae, who has been moved from a prison camp to hospital. In a Huffington Post interview last week, Rodman said, "If the Marshal says, 'Dennis, you know, do you want me to let him loose?' and then if I actually got him loose—and I'm just saying this out the blue—I'd be the most powerful guy in the world." Rodman's return to Pyongyang is being sponsored by Irish betting firm Paddy Power.

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KoolerThanU
Sep 4, 2013 2:13 PM CDT
They are both pretty demented, I can see this friendship blossoming into possibly a romantic encounter. They'll get married, watch basketball, start a family.
Crotalus
Sep 3, 2013 11:01 AM CDT
I wonder if the air head rodman is aware of how many people this fat little turdball starved to death in 2012? From what I can find out it is in the hundreds of thousands. And Rodman choses this little piece of s@it to be friends with. I wonder if douchebag Rodman knows how many n Koreans are dying everytime he has a meal with the fat little turd ball who dictates the life's of 25 million sheep who don't have the guts to rise up and throw this little POS out of power and draw and quarter the POS.
kawahchan
Sep 3, 2013 10:41 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: That's Mr. Dennis Rodman's private life. Nothing wrong to visit his friend Kim Jong-un. Either we Texan <-> North Korean academic exchange-program is still need to do more with the KIM JONG IL UNIVERSITY's students and scholars.