January 7th, 2014
08:12 AM ET
9 months ago

Angry Dennis Rodman defends North Korea basketball game

(CNN) - Eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman Tuesday defended his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players, saying it was a "great idea for the world."

In an exclusive interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," Rodman reacted angrily when pressed on whether the party should have traveled there given recent events in the secretive country.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I respect the basketball diplomacy, but don't say nothing when they abduct you guys.

    January 7, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. dee

    Rodman is a spy.

    January 7, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Peace

    There is one mistake we are continuing to make every now and then. Thats to mix up: politics, religion, sports altogether. It causes conflicts all the time of which are not necessary. These 3 issues must be dealt separate.

    January 7, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The truth is........Rodman supports the dictator in NK.........and along with that, all dictators in the world, including our own.

    January 7, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    First of all, Rodman needs to keep his cool, remain professional at all times, and stop taking questions so personally. If he doesn't give a hoot about the politics, which he has already suggested on a number of times, then he should stick with that canned answer and leave it at that.

    It's my understanding that Kim wants to create an Olympic caliber basketball team, vis-a-vis the old Soviet Union's attempts to create superior athletes as a way of demonstrating the superiority of their social order. He has appeared to have hired Rodman to do it for him. I'm guessing that this game is part of the process, but the overall goal is still a world class, North Korean basketball team.

    January 7, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Petey

    Rodman is not the ambassador that I would tie my good deeds to. The gentleman that are with him, that do good works should separate themselves for the preservation of the good they do.

    January 7, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But the U.S. State Department says that it has nothing to do with Rodman's visits to North Korea
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    Let me translate that for you: You're on your own. We are most definitely NOT sending anybody over there to haul your lip-flapping arse out of North Korea if things go south (pardon the pun) for you and your crew.
    I saw part of the interview this morning and Rodman looked like he was on some non-prescription drugs. Very charged up. Not the time or the place for anybody to lose their cool. He didn't seem to grasp that his comments and demeanor affect not only him but the men that chose to accompany him on this goodwill tour.
    He stated quite correctly that he is not there as a diplomat or politician. And he is right, why is this being made such a big deal of? He should, however be more cognizant of the fact that he is dealing with an unpredictable 31 year-old leader, and that he has, whether it was his intent to do so or not, put himself and the men that have entrusted their safe return home to him smack dab in the middle of the political spotlight.
    Act like you have some sense Rodman, and represent your country with dignity and aplomb. Shut your trap, play some ball (lose if yo have to lol!) and get those men back home tout suite

    January 7, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. alan walker

    todays interview with d. Rodman further advances the popular theory that this person is not mentally competent.
    To give him air time to spout all that garbage will only encourage him to take it up another notch. Please shut this person off permanently.

    January 7, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    Bad messenger. What's the message anyway ?

    January 7, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Sniffit

    I can't condone NK's human rights abuses, nuclear threats and look-at-me tantrums etc., but you cannot argue with a straight face that it's effective strategy to use just one tactic to try to influence them, that tactic being to express open disgust at all times, coupled with strong-arming punitive measures. Take a lesson from religion...the ultimate conquering technique is to influence culture, not to subjugate through threats and violence. NK's regime knows this, which is why it insulates its people so thoroughly from outside cultural influence. Maybe what Rodman is doing helps in its own small way to influence their culture and thinking about us and the rest of the world. Nobody's claiming it will change much on its own or daydreaming about a "basketball revolution" in NK to overthrow the gov't, but why pass up an opportunity?

    January 7, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Winning

    "Kim is my friend." -Rodman

    Kim keeps people in prison camps that rival Nazi concentration camps in their brutality. Read "Escape From Camp 14." Even children are kept in these camps due to North Korea's "Three Generations of Shame" policy. If Rodman is as much about children as his friend claims, there is no way he should be friends with Kim. Rodman is an ignorant fool and an embarrassment to our country. It's worse than that actually. He is an embarrassment to humanity.

    January 7, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. just saying

    hey, rodman is nuts. the north korean dictator is nuts. rodman may be just the guy we need to get through to this whack job. rodman need to start getting something in return though. no more hostage taking by north korea. maybe the release of some people north korea has imprisoned. there is no harm yet. let's see if something good can come of it.

    January 7, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    hey, rodman is nuts. the north korean dictator is nuts. rodman may be just the guy we need to get through to this whack job. rodman need to start getting something in return though. no more hostage taking by north korea. maybe the release of some people north korea has imprisoned. there is no harm yet. let's see if something good can come of it.
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    Right. There is no harm, yet. Highly charged criticism of whatever Rodman is doing will only increase the odds of it, because the critics will only sow the seeds of distrust. "He should be doing this, or that." Rodman doesn't tell you how to run your business, nor live your life. Like I posted above, Rodman is serving a complex role as a coach, mentor, manager with the goal of building a credible national team. That task would undoubtedly require the creation of competitive leagues to hone their talents. Besides, I've got a feeling that he likes the food.

    January 7, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Donna

    Just remember Rodman.... your friend is the same guy that had his uncle, the one that was his mentor, executed. You are playing North Korean roullette with a half cocked dictator. Don't be surprised if you wake up and find one day you are not his friend and in a North Korean prison cell like so many others.

    January 7, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. yolanda

    Not a big Rodman fan, but gotta love the entertainment factor. I do think that he, through his basketball diplomacy, can have a more positive impact on North Korea than all of the evangelical bible thumpers who go there to "enlighten" the population, and then need bailing out when they run afoul of the local government.

    January 7, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |