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Rodman Rants: North Korea Basketball Game “Great Idea For The World”

Former basketball player Dennis Rodman delivered an angry response to CNN’s Chris Cuomo after being questioned regarding a recent controversial trip to North Korea with other former NBA players. Rodman and his entourage are scheduled for a basketball game with North Korea’s team on Kim Jong Un’s birthday this Wednesday.

Rodman, who has previously visited the volatile North Korean leader and refers to him as “my friend,” called the trip a “great idea for the world” in an interview that quickly escalated into a mostly one-sided diatribe from the former Chicago Bulls star, who spoke from North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang. “One day, one day this door is going to open because of these 10 guys here,” he said.

However, after Cuomo inquired as to Kenneth Bae, the Korean-American who’s been detained by North Korean authorities for undisclosed charges, Rodman became explosive, interrupting the CNN host and waving his finger at the camera.

“Kenneth Bae did one thing,” Rodman interjected. “If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? … I would love to speak on this.”

Bae, who was arrested over a year ago, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts,” although no specific charges were made against him. Although he currently struggles with health problems, pleas for his release have been largely ignored.

Rodman, nevertheless, reiterated the importance of his visit. “You know, you’ve got 10 guys here, 10 guys here, they’ve left their families, they’ve left their damn families, to help this country, as in a sports venture. That’s 10 guys, all these guys here, do anyone understand that? Christmas, New Year’s. …

“I don’t give a rat’s ass what the hell you think. I’m saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them … they dared to do one thing, they came here.”

The current controversy over Rodman’s trip also comes following the execution of Kim’s once-influential uncle, which sent further doubt regarding the stability of the struggling nation as well as its unpredictable leader.

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