A Dennis Rodman N. Korea return trip is on! The former NBA star has confirmed he will head back to North Korea in August.
Rodman, you may recall, visited the isolated country back in February. While in North Korean capital Pyongyang, he hung out with new BFF Kim Jong-Un, with the pair sipping Coke while watching a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition match. Kim, said Rodman upon his return, was a “normal guy.”
Rodman’s sojourn didn’t sit well with the US government, and the FBI questioned Rodman upon his return to find out what Kim had said. However, the basketball legend remains undeterred, and has now booked a second trip to “hang” with his bestie. Rodman told The Miami Herald:
“I’m going back August 1. We have no plans really, as far as what we’re going to do over there, but we’ll just hang and have some fun!”
Rodman’s N. Korea return trip will have more of a “vacation” feel to it, though the retired Hall of Famer is aware of the current tensions between the US and the North. He told The Herald:
“I’m not a total idiot. I know what Kim Jong-un is threatening to do regarding his military muscle. I hope it doesn’t happen because America will take whatever actions to protect America and our allies. I do think, umm, you know, that we have to talk to people who want to cause us harm so hopefully they won’t.”
Whether Rodman’s N. Korea return will even go ahead is not yet known. With the US having no diplomatic relations with North Korea, and Pyongyang ratcheting up tensions with threats of nuclear war, Rodman might not even make it out of his own country.
It’s also unknown who will travel with the basketball star (on his first trip, Rodman joined a VICE film crew), but I’m liking The Atlantic‘s thinking on the matter.
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