During his playing days Dennis Rodman was no stranger to the spotlight due to his skill and outrageous antics. The former NBA star has returned to the headlines once again for his growing relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Considering the tentative relationship that the United States has with North Korea, Rodman’s willingness to befriend Jong Un seems to be in poor taste.
Rodman’s trips to Korea are not associated with any peacekeeping group and were not diplomatic efforts sanctioned by the United States. Rather, the former Hall of Famer is on his own mission of which the motivations remain a mystery. Regardless of his reasoning, Rodman’s affinity for North Korea and its leader has not received positive feedback from the American public or its officials.
Trip to Korea
Rodman’s trips to Korea have produced images of him laughing and smiling along side communist leader Kim Jong Un. His numerous visits to the country have included everything from tours to attending exhibition basketball games with his new friend.
Rodman’s most recent visit was also focused on basketball as Rodman proposed to bring a team of former NBA players to North Korea for an exhibition game, as reported by CSN Chicago. This move was not well received by many people in the U.S., leading to criticism of Rodman and his team of former NBA players. Diplomacy is one thing, but celebrating with a known human rights abuser on his birthday is another.
One of the primary reasons that Rodman’s actions are receiving negative feedback is that an American citizen is currently being held captive in North Korea. While Rodman leisurely spends time with Jong Un, American citizen Kenneth Bae is being held captive and is suffering from deteriorating health, as cited by NBC News.
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