The WC – Dennis Rodman & North Korea

January 7, 2014 12:00 pm · 56 comments

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As most of you have probably heard, Dennis Rodman went to North Korea with 10 of his former basketball player friends to play a basketball game for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday.

Many people are saying that while he’s in North Korea, he should talk to the Kim Jong Un about Kenneth Bae, the American citizen who was convicted by North Korea of trying to overthrow the Government.

Dennis Rodman & his friends: Traitors, Diplomats or just crazy?

Talk about it….

Keith January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Dennis Rodman has always been crazy, and always will be.

Anon777 January 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Traitors. Dennis should just go move his ghetto a$$ over there and stay.

Just me January 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I have no clue why Americans venture into north Korea. It’s like going on vacation in Somalia. You just don’t go to certain places, and when you do go and something goes wrong you act all surprised.

People are idiots

Just like the latest old guy who went over there. Got pulled off the plane. Held for weeks.

Get a clue folks

Dorothy January 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Not sure about crazy but at least a bit ding-batty publicity hunters.

If Rodman likes it so much there January 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

he should stay. Perhaps one day he’ll be treated as well as the kids Uncle.

ClayDen January 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Lunatic traitor.

mutts January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Did he dress up for this, pretty shade of lipstick?
If it’s so good there, he should stay there.

Registered Democrat January 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM


Silva January 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Show boating, as usual.

Silva January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Showboating, as usual.

Owen January 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Rodman is simply an irrelevant idiot, no big deal. Not a traitor, certainly not a diplomat (snort), just an idiot. Just stop giving him press and no one will notice.
Even his new teammates were visibly unhappy with his latest comments.

This is sports, not politics. January 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Sports a music and art are universal, and people should be able to leave their politics and guns at the door. It could help ease tensions, being understanding and also maybe humans could actually learn to live in peace if we stop this hate crap and use art music and sports etc as a way to at least relate on some level. What, should we boycott playing in China? Israel? Other countries? Also talk. If a US congress person went there to talk, I would say great. Find out they are a traitor or giving classified info etc. that is a whole other story imo…

Mac January 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I`m surprised half of these guys can even still run up and down the court.
None of these guys have played for many years.
And most if not all are way over the hill.

Makes no sense to me at all.
But then Dennis Rodman never made much sense to me.

Captain Bebops January 7, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Rodman is probably being encouraged by the State Department. Kim Jung Un’s father fancied himself a movie director and the Clinton administration played on that to improve communications between the countries. North Korea is a very crazy country and hard to understand how such an authoritarian state can exist in this day in age. Of course looking at the insane hard liners of the Tea Party maybe we can understand why if not how.

Steve Jobson January 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Guess wha, he don’t want war..

Hilary January 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

What difference does it make?

Enfield303 January 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Who cares. He’s just a washed up has been grasping for his last rays of limelight. If he and his buddies want to play the court jesters in another country, more power to them. They aren’t harming anybody.

Jess January 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Combination of crazy and ignorant. But so is the Korean leader, so maybe they get along and some good can come out of it. Stranger things have happened.

Ron Sauce January 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

If you don’t think the State Dept/CIA are behind him you ain’t paying attention. Our (literally) ONLY CHANCE for getting a US citizen into North Korea? Think we’d miss that?

(bombs in the basketballs)

gimli January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Rodman believes he is opening doors and being a diplomat of sorts. And it kind of makes sense in that strangely warped N. Korean way: the Kim’s only respond to US Presidents and overpaid sports players. It appeals to their sense of cult of personality (kingship/godship). And we make a big deal of it, so it gives them more recognition. God help their starving masses…

mike mac January 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

He is working covertly for the NSA and the White House. The President loves basketball and they are both from Chicago. So, how do we know Rodman is not his agent? lol

The Mamba January 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I ran into Rodman at a hotel pool in AZ a few years ago and they guy was pretty out of control and definitely intoxicated the whole time. He was eventually kicked out of the bar in the lobby later that evening after groping someone’s wife. With that kind of social skills, it’s only a matter of time before he is crapping his pants int North Korea because someone started playing, “Who let the dogs out?”

One of the better perspectives on the trip... January 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

…from people who actually took it:

Make of it what you will. Everything in this world is not black or white.

Lake January 7, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Rodman will get the missionary killed since he is saying it’s the missionaries own fault he was detained. With any luck Rodman will piss off Kim and we won’t have to watch this circus anymore. Bye bye Rodman

Bow wow January 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Feed him to the dogs. They probably wouldn’t eat him but it’s worth a try.

Judge Roy Bean January 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Sedition pure and simple.
Feel sorry for his buddies who got duped into the trip.

JW January 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

We need to look at this ultimately for what it is; this is a situation for James Bond. You have a madman with nuclear missiles. He has these Kafkaesque ways of killing former henchmen and people who oppose him. He has a crazy basketball playing henchman.

OK, on a serious note. Rodman is just doing this so that he can retain some publicity. I don’t believe that the guy is half as crazy as people think that he is. Sure he is in left field but so are most in their own way. Rodman just has the attitude and the ability through the media and his agents to promote it. What is going to really suck for him is when he gets himself and the other players in too deep through whatever means. There will be more American captives that we will have to negoriate for but because of Rodman’s noteriety it will become a weird situation through our media.

anonymous January 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

We should ask him to visit Lord Broadbent of the BAAQMD and plead for the surfs..

Carmen Electra January 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I’d laugh my $&@ off if Rodman was able to influence and change world affairs!

mutts January 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM

A useful idiot AND…..he’s real ugly.

mika January 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Opportunists. . .

anonanonagain January 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

He hasn’t tasted fame in a long time and this feeds his enormous ego. He may well be a “friend” of Kim Jong Un’s, but that could change in a New York second.
Dennis Rodman is delusional and obviously has no clue about what ordinary citizens have to deal with on a daily basis, let alone the people that have been imprisoned in those abusive camps. Kim Jong Un is a dictator, a ruthless leader of the people. He should be very afraid.
North Korea has the worst human rights violations on record and people disappear on a regular basis. He’s an idiot……

What... January 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

is so strange about this. We all know what
people are willing to do for money.
It’s just a $$$ thang.

Killjoy January 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

They should keep him. In fact, why don’t we refuse to stamp his passport when he gets back into the country, and just send him back?

Anonymous January 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Anyone else see his press conference? Much evidence of Peruvian marching powder. N Korea makes some of the finest meth in the world. May have something to do with his visits to the homicidal dwarf.

RIBS January 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I think that many of the views expressed here have validity… but in my opinion, any outside contact, from a reasonably-safe entity, with a hostile and culturally isolated government such as in the DPRK, and its people in The Land of Whispers, can only be a positive influence.

When did President Nixon travel to China to establish enhanced diplomatic relations? …in the late 60s or early 70s? Wow, did the Dems at that time raise hell, that is what I recall. I know that this is not remotely the equivalent, but the reactions are reminiscent… interesting.

Anyway, unless Mr. Rodman violates US law in some way, why should he be condemned? I’m not sure if he should be commended, but let’s see what unfolds… likely nothing but you never know, and I do admire positive thinking… it is the American Way at its best.


MadMom January 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Kim Jong Un is a bit touched just like his father. Dennis Rodman is also a little out there.
It’s about celebrity news making. If Rodman can help with Kenneth Bae, then he should give it a try if possible. I’m sure the state dept. has been talking with Rodman. The media doesn’t get to share everything that goes on.

anonares January 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

@ 25 Thanks for the link. A long video, but worth the time to watch.

awshucks January 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

He’s a media whore. He’ll go anywhere he can get attention.

ConcordMike January 7, 2014 at 6:21 PM

How does this crap get onto Claycord?
Why do people insist on giving idiots exposure?
We’d be much better off in exploiting the good news around us than these idiots who make millions and give nothing.

like a virgin January 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

They guy smushed Madonna when she was hot .He will always be my hero.

Julio January 7, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Lunatic is correct. He can stay there. His press conference today was insane. Our government has denounced his as of tonight.

Antler January 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM

When I watch that video, my guess is that he had taken a strong drug (not alcohol because his speech was not slurred). He spoke angrily and irrationally, and I think he usually posts on the Politics thread. 😉

This guy January 7, 2014 at 8:07 PM

How embarrassing, don’t let him back in our country
A rambling, babbling fool who is in good company with that little commy freak!

lg January 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Crazy loon!! He should just stay there if he loves it so much. But he won`t, because he`s a typical liberal socialist, who loves the fame and riches and capitalism America has given him, but detests it for anyone else!!!! Watching the video again, obviously he`s on something, the “GUYS” behind him look uncomfortable with the way he is acting. One has his hand on his shoulder, another is rubbing his face, like he just wants him to shut up already!!! No respect for that lunatic!!!

mike January 7, 2014 at 8:24 PM

it happened a while ago and the people at put this together to get a film crew into the country for a doc

bigdaddy January 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

rodman is a moron. why give him any air time???

JW January 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

@lg: I am sorry, I don’t get it. How is Rodman a “typical liberal socialist?”

Elwood January 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

They’re both nuts!

JRConcord January 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM

People light up its the just “ding- dong diplomacy”

anon January 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

well, lets see if some people come over to your house and start getting into your business on running your house you most likely will take offense. however if this person which you’re generally not on friendly terms with comes to your house with a gift and leaves a pleasant taste in your mouth, most are inclined to be kinder. most people will return what they get. if anything it seems it would soften him by not getting into the issue rather than be an encouragement to him him to release him. nobody likes gifts with strings attached. so hopefully this has softened him towards the release.

RanchgirlCA January 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

IDIOTS!! Stay there, please.

Exploding Ink January 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Rodman has STD’s on the Brain!

Mustang Sally January 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I’m not much into sports, but can this guy actually PLAY basketball? He doesn’t look like he could tie his shoes. Good thing probably that kim jong un probably can’t understand a word he says.

Mustang Sally January 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Oh, I guess there would be a translator though. ¡¡¡ Yikes !!!

What the HELL? January 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Is it not clear to anyone else that he is completely f***** up on drugs??? Nothing he said made any sense whatsoever! What a complete and utter embarrassment!!!

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