Dennis Rodman lashed out at a CNN anchor after being asked to explain the reasons for his second trip to North Korea.
The former NBA star appeared to be drunk and started yelling at “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo after he was asked about imprisoned American Kenneth Bae.
Rodman said the trip was not for political reasons, but said missionary Bae wasn’t faultless in his 15-year prison sentence in North Korea.
Dennis Rodman said, “The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand — if you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did? In this country?”
“What did he do? You tell me,” Como said.
An agitated Rodman replied, “You tell me. You tell me. Why is he held captive?”
Cuomo and Rodman started talking over one another and fellow basketball player Chris Smith tried to calm Rodman down but he waved off. Rodman said, “I would love to speak on this”.
At one point during the interview, Rodman yelled out at Cuomo, saying, “I don’t give a rats ass what you think! It’s amazing how we strive on negativity. This guy this leader, do [sic] anyone know this guy is only 31 years old?”
The eccentric Chicago Bulls star went from praising his “friend” Kim Jong Un to praising the basketball players that traveled with him. He said, “We’ve got ten guys here who left their families… do you understand that?”
After listing off some of his better-known former NBA stars that traveled with him, Rodman praised the men for being “the last sole survivors” who agreed to go with him. He said, “I’ve had a lot of guys pull out”.
Rodman told The Associated Press he was glad to be in North Korea for the game, though he said he has gotten death threats for his repeated visits.
He said proceeds from the game would go to a charity for the deaf in North Korea.
Rodman said of Kim, “The marshal is actually trying to change this country in a great way. I think that people thought that this was a joke, and Dennis Rodman is just doing this because fame and fortune.”
He adds, “Just to even have us here, it’s an awesome feeling. I want these guys here to show the world, and speak about North Korea in a great light. I hope people will have a different view about North Korea.”
Dennis Rodman spoke to the press before his trip to North Korea, explaining, “It’s about trying to connect two countries together in the world, to let people know that: Do you know what? Not every country in the world is that bad, especially North Korea. People say so many negative things about North Korea. And I want people in the world to see it’s not that bad.”
We think Rodman should just stay there!
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