Former NBA star Dennis Rodman thinks he should be in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to the rogue state of North Korea.
Rodman became an international diplomat of sorts when he visited with supreme leader Kim Jong-un in February and came back convinced that the country’s dictator is a great guy and an awesome guy who loves basketball. He also brushed aside the regime’s well-documented human rights violations by claiming that both North Korea and the US are running “death camps.”
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Rodman admitted that before the trip (with an HBO camera crew in tow), he “didn’t know Kim Jong-un from Lil’ Kim.” Now Rodman believes that he should be nominated for the prestigious Nobel Prize.
Rodman explained: “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”
The NBA Hall of Famer insisted to SI that his pal Kim Jong-un is simply misunderstood by the world community: “Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever. People say he’s the worst guy in the world. All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America. His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what’s the harm in a simple phone call? This is a new age, man. Come on, Obama, reach out to Kim and be his friend.”
Along these lines, Rodman previously ripped President Obama for not picking up the phone and calling Kim Jong-Un. “We got a black president [who] can’t even go talk to [Jong-un] … Obama can’t do s**t, I don’t know why he won’t go talk to him.”
Rodman, nicknamed “the Worm” during his pro basketball career, plans to return to North Korea in August to possibly vacation with Kim Jong-un and his family. He is also trying to convince the leader to release American missionary Kenneth Bae who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly plotting to overthrow the North Korean government.
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