Former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman flew to North Korea for the second time this year Tuesday, to hang out with his friend he calls the "kid". Dennis made it clear to reporters that he's not going there to be an ambassador, and try and get American missionary Kenneth Bae released from a prison labor camp though. Rodman said his five-day visit to North Korea's Kim Jong Un is all about having dinner, drinking and talking basketball, according to USA Today on Sept. 3.
Basketball Hall-of-Famer Rodman insists he has a "light agenda" for traveling to the secretive dictatorship. But he added that he would like to bridge the gab between Americans and North Koreans.
Dennis, who calls Kim Jong Un a regular guy and an awesome kid, talked to reporters in Beijing, en route to the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang Tuesday.
The unlikely pair met early this year, and were seen sitting court-side at basketball games as they danced to Michael Jackson and Bee Gees tunes, according to the Daily News.
Pressed about the Kenneth Bae situation, Rodman repeated that he's not a diplomat. Bae was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in 2012 on charges of trying to overthrow the government.
Bae is a Korean-American missionary who was working in China at the time. He would lead tours into North Korea, and also feed orphaned children.
Dennis may be downplaying his diplomatic roles, but then why in May, did he take to Twitter to urge the Supreme Leader of North Korea to do him a "solid" and cut Kenneth Bae loose?
Rodman was asked whether he was bringing Kim Jong Un any of his newly-launched Bad Boy vodka. The Worm laughed and said he expects he already has some there.
The dictator and his wife hosted Rodman and his entourage to a lavish, liquor-fuelled dinner last February.
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