This one needs to get filed under KRAZY as well. In a move that has had many scratching their heads, Dennis Rodman paid a visit to North Korea and hung out with the controversial leader of that country, Kim Jong Un.
The athlete was the first American to meet the North Korean leader and human rights violator, explaining later in interviews, per the Hollywood Reporter, that they are friends as they share a love for basketball. “He’s a good guy to me. He’s my friend,” Rodman said on “This Week” on ABC when he returned home. “I don’t condone what he does, but as a person to person, he’s my friend.”
The New York Times reported later on that Vice Media, a company with some notoriety in the business with stunt events, was behind Rodman’s visit to North Korea. The company’s bosses said they were planning a visit to the secretive country, centered on an exhibition basketball game with the flamboyant former N.B.A. star Dennis Rodman and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters. HBO apparently financed the project as the company is set to premiere its newsmagazine, “Vice”, on the network in April.
It appears as though Rodman thoroughly enjoyed his visit to North Korea, leaving on great terms with Kim Jong Un, defending his new friend and his politics, even when shown reports of the effects of Jong Un’s rule of North Korea.
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