Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea as a basketball ambassador

Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea as a basketball ambassador

Postby Basketball Fan on Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:45 pm

There are so many things baffling about this sentence...

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10. Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea as a basketball ambassador. Rodman in a country testing nuclear weapon missiles, I don’t see what could possibly go wrong. This is happening right now, in 2013, as Rodman is there with three Harlem Globetrotters as basketball ambassadors. The idea is to break down barriers by having Rodman teach basketball clinics and play some pick-up games with the North Koreans. All for a Vice Media production to air on HBO in early April. Again, I can’t imagine this going poorly.
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Postby ramsay13 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:46 am

Well thats cool.
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Postby LooN3y on Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:32 pm

im sorry, but rodman is an idiot, or he just kissing their [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] so he can have business or visit there again while being treated like a king.



either way its very very low of him, dude is worst than stalin.
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Postby LTLakerFan on Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:04 am

What color hair was he rocking, Red?
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Postby karacha on Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:08 am

LooN3y wrote:...so he can have business or visit there again ...


I honestly don't think any of this would be worth it.
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Re: Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea as a basketball ambassador

Postby Basketball Fan on Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:13 am

Video link inside

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In his first interview since returning to the U.S. from an unprecedented visit to North Korea last week, former NBA star Dennis Rodman said he bears a message for President Obama from the country’s oppressive leader, Kim Jong Un.
“He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him,” Rodman told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” “He said, ‘If you can, Dennis – I don’t want [to] do war. I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.”
The athlete even offered Kim some diplomatic advice for potential future talks with President Obama.
“[Kim] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said, ‘Obama loves basketball.’ Let’s start there,” Rodman said.
Rodman’s comments come just days after the basketball star shocked the world with an unexpected trip to Pyongyang, North Korea, becoming the first known American to publicly meet with the mysterious Kim since he assumed command of the totalitarian nation after the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il in 2011.
The young leader has defied U.N. sanctions by continuing to develop North Korea’s nuclear arms and missile program, which he says is aimed at the U.S.
Kim is often regarded as one of the world’s most oppressive leaders, presiding over prison camps and allowing millions of his own people to starve.
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In a bizarre display of basketball diplomacy, Rodman went on the record to offer highest praise for Kim Thursday, telling reporters, “I love him. He’s awesome.”

Today on “This Week,” Rodman didn’t apologize for those comments.
“No, I’m not apologiz[ing] for him,” Rodman said. “You know, he’s a good guy to me. Guess what? He’s my friend. I don’t condone what he does … [but] as a person to person – he’s my friend.”
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Postby Psychobroker on Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:44 pm

Why in the hell should a US President call the dictator of a communist country with goals to wipe out their southern bretheren, and have resorted to STARVING his own people to focus on developing a nuclear weapon? :freak2:

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Re: Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea as a basketball ambassador

Postby Basketball Fan on Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:30 pm

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Rodman visit irks White House

Robert Lipsyte, Mark Zeigler and Dave Zirin join "Outside The Lines" to discuss Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea and the history of sports and diplomacy.

Examining Rodman's Trip To North Korea
WASHINGTON -- The White House says North Korea's government should be focused on the well-being of its citizens, not on "celebrity sporting events" to entertain the country's elite.

White House spokesman Jay Carney made the comments in response to a question about ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman's recent visit to North Korea. Rodman watched a basketball game with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


He's a good guy to me. As a person to person, he's my friend. I don't condone what he does.

-- Dennis Rodman, on North Korea leader Kim Jong Un
Upon his return to the U.S., Rodman said Kim wants President Barack Obama to call him. Carney says the U.S. already has direct channels of communication to North Korea's government and those are the channels it will continue to use.

"He loves basketball. ... I said Obama loves basketball. Let's start there" as a way to warm up relations between U.S. and North Korea, Rodman told ABC's "This Week."

"He asked me to give Obama something to say and do one thing. He wants Obama to do one thing, call him," said Rodman, who called the authoritarian leader an "awesome guy" during his trip. The State Department criticized North Korea last week for "wining and dining" Rodman while its own people go hungry.

Rodman also said Kim told him, "I don't want to do war. I don't want to do war."

Yet in January, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn the North's successful rocket launch in December and expand penalties against Kim's government, his National Defense Commission said in a statement that "settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words." The statement also promised "a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century."

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Dennis Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un share a laugh while watching the Harlem Globetrotters on Thursday.
North Korea and the U.S. fought on opposite sides of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953. The foes technically remain at war. They never signed a peace treaty and do not have diplomatic relations.

Rodman was the highest-profile American to meet Kim since Kim inherited power from father Kim Jong Il in 2011. He traveled to the secretive state with the Harlem Globetrotters team for a new HBO series produced by New York-based VICE television.

The visit took place amid rising tensions between the countries.

North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test two weeks ago, making clear the provocative act was a warning to the United States to drop what it considers a "hostile" policy toward the North.

Rodman said he was aware of North Korea's human rights record, which the State Department has characterized as one of the worst in the world, but said he wasn't apologizing for Kim.

"He's a good guy to me," Rodman said, adding, that "as a person to person, he's my friend. I don't condone what he does."

Basketball is popular in North Korea, and Thursday's exhibition game with two Americans playing on each team alongside North Koreans ended in a 110-110 tie. Following the game Kim threw an "epic feast" for the group, plying them with food and drinks and making round after round of toasts.

Rodman's trip was the second attention-grabbing American visit this year to North Korea. Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, made a four-day trip in January, but did not meet Kim.

Rodman said he planned to go back to North Korea to "find out more what's really going on."
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Postby Rooscooter on Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:37 pm

Rodman's broke..... N Korea needs some good PR....... Sounds like a market to me.... :man10:
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Re: Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea as a basketball ambassador

Postby Basketball Fan on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:15 pm

DENNIS RODMAN
Returning to North Korea
to Broker Peace Deal
EXCLUSIVE
Dennis Rodman is already planning his next trip back to North Korea, TMZ has learned ... and his goal ... Rodman wants to broker lasting peace between the United States and the DPRK.

Rodman's publicist tells TMZ, for all The Worm's life accomplishments -- the Basketball Hall of Fame, rebounding records, defensive player awards -- the NBA legend says securing peace between Kim Jong-un and Barack Obama would be his greatest honor. Ya think?

The rep says Rodman wants to use his newly-minted friendship with Kim Jong-un to set the stage for a peace deal, convincing the dictator to engage in talks with Obama. He plans to return to North Korea in the next 6 months to host another kids basketball clinic.

And when he goes back -- Rodman will be a LOT more careful about calling Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung "great leaders" ... in fact, he wants to apologize for making the comment in the first place.

According to the rep, Rodman regrets complimenting the former dictators without fully understanding the extent of their human rights violations. The rep says Rodman is deeply sorry for offending anyone.

Who'da thunk ... diplomacy might be in Rodman's future after all.



Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/03/06/dennis-ro ... z2Mtzl2rb3
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:55 pm

Now we're in a nuclear standoff with North Korea. Thanks a lot Dennis!! :man10:
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Re: Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea as a basketball ambassador

Postby LTLakerFan on Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:57 pm

Basketball Fan wrote:
DENNIS RODMAN
Returning to North Korea
to Broker Peace Deal
EXCLUSIVE
Dennis Rodman is already planning his next trip back to North Korea, TMZ has learned ... and his goal ... Rodman wants to broker lasting peace between the United States and the DPRK.

Rodman's publicist tells TMZ, for all The Worm's life accomplishments -- the Basketball Hall of Fame, rebounding records, defensive player awards -- the NBA legend says securing peace between Kim Jong-un and Barack Obama would be his greatest honor. Ya think?

The rep says Rodman wants to use his newly-minted friendship with Kim Jong-un to set the stage for a peace deal, convincing the dictator to engage in talks with Obama. He plans to return to North Korea in the next 6 months to host another kids basketball clinic.

And when he goes back -- Rodman will be a LOT more careful about calling Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung "great leaders" ... in fact, he wants to apologize for making the comment in the first place.

According to the rep, Rodman regrets complimenting the former dictators without fully understanding the extent of their human rights violations. The rep says Rodman is deeply sorry for offending anyone.

Who'da thunk ... diplomacy might be in Rodman's future after all.



Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/03/06/dennis-ro ... z2Mtzl2rb3



Super! When he gets that taken care of why not swing through the Middle East too and see what he can do with Israel and Palestine. What a guy Dennis. :man10:

Oh wait.... just saw that's up to 6 months off. Too late they may Nuke us before then. Dennis can you adjust your schedule?
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