Will Dennis Rodman’s North Korean ‘Basketball Diplomacy’ Win Over Dictator?

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un, North Korean Leader, – photo credit – News Max

Former NBA basketball champion Dennis Rodman has launched a new basketball diplomacy effort by picking former NBA basketball players for a North Korean basketball exhibition game.  The American players will play against North Korea’s top basketball stars in the upcoming game.

Rodman, who is not shy about calling North Korean dictator and leader Kim Jong Un his “friend for life” is going to Pyongyang in celebration of Jong Un’s January 8th birthday, according to Fox News.

Should anyone in America really care about this move by Rodman to use a basketball game as a diplomatic way to ease tensions between the United States and North Korea?  In a word: NO!

It seems clear that for the past two decades Rodman has been a man and basketball player in pursuit of his own mind-bending absurdities and by establishing a friendship with the 30-year-old leader Rodman is simply now over his head.  The former basketball star has been questioned on several occasions about using his friendship with the North Korean leader to ease some that nation’s horrendous human rights problems like the “indiscriminate killings, torture and rapes,reports Fox News.

Yet, this basketball player seems to be either oblivious or simply operating in another physical universe. He recently commented that even with the recent horrendous murder of Kim’s uncle by way of feeding him to a pack of hungry dogs was not his concern.

So in truth, what is Rodman’s concern and what does he hope to accomplish with his so-called “Basketball Diplomacy?”

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Comment by Judy Lyford on January 9, 2014 at 1:21am

Isn't Obama a basketball player? Maybe he can be persuaded to join a team. Korea might even keep him.

Comment by Victorena Minchew on January 8, 2014 at 11:49am

Meh...he'll piss him off and be dogmeat.  Just hope he doesn't get anyone else killed along with him.  No Americans should be in North Korea at all right now...Kenneth Bae's family could tell that idiot all about that.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on January 8, 2014 at 8:07am

There is something going on besides basketball.

Comment by John Bellaire on January 8, 2014 at 1:41am

There must be more to the story of Rodman's numerous visits to Kim Jung Un. Apparently while inebriated, this Un guy ordered his girlfriend and Uncle executed, and we do not know how many others are dead from his whims.. Yet his threats of using nuclear weapons get less attention. Rodman must be at least partly unstable mentally, or he, Obama and Kim Jung Un are gay. Those are the only conclusions that make sense to me. Rodman on a mission of private diplomacy? If it is a joke, I am waiting for the punch line.

Comment by jim on January 7, 2014 at 9:03pm

Obama's idea of diplomacy? Prove to North Korea that we truly are as dumb as we appear! That success in America has nothing to do with intelligence or character, only money! This is the most inept, unprofessional,incompetent, president and administration EVER! Excuse me while I go get some piercings to look more intelligent!

Comment by Thomas Carroll on January 7, 2014 at 7:52pm

Um.  Does anyone know what Dennis is trying to say?  I mean he's so either high on drugs or strung out from past drug use that I don't understand a thing he's trying to say.  I mean he's warbling & mumbling all over the place.  I mean I at least know he's trying to yell @ the CNN guy about something about all over the world.  But I have know earthly/unearthly idea of what he's trying to say.

Comment by Cam Stapel on January 7, 2014 at 7:09pm
Btw--- if they are willing to keep Rodman, I will gladly throw in a used manure spreader. We have a useless one sitting in the White House. Looks real good, but don't work worth a dam#.
Comment by Don Goard on January 7, 2014 at 6:36pm

Could Rodman be undercover? He's never seemed especially bright, but what other means do we have to get this close to the little fat man? Rodman may be an idiot. On the other hand, he might be one of the bravest men in the country. I wish that we still had Tom Clancy to write this story.

Comment by Ted Kornblum on January 7, 2014 at 6:35pm

Rodmans diplomacy no more obscure then that of another Rodham formally

of our State Dept. 


Comment by Cam Stapel on January 7, 2014 at 6:35pm
He REALLY should stay there!

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