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Rodman’s Attempts At Diplomacy Leave Something To Be Desired

Posted on January 10, 2014

Former NBA star Charles D. Smith says he feels remorse for coming to Pyongyang with Dennis Rodman for a game on the North Korean leader’s birthday because the event has been dwarfed by politics and tainted by Rodman’s own comments.

Smith and other former NBA players are scheduled to play with Rodman against a team of North Koreans in a game on Wednesday that organizers say leader Kim Jong Un is expected to attend. Many of the players on Tuesday privately expressed second thoughts about going ahead because of an outpouring of criticism in the United States.

Smith, who played for the New York Knicks, said the North Korea trip has been dwarfed by politics and Rodman’s frequent boasts about his close friendship with Kim.

“What we are doing is positive, but it is getting dwarfed by the other circumstances around it,” Smith told The Associated Press. “Apparently our message is not being conveyed properly due to the circumstances that are much bigger than us, and I think that has to do with politics and government.

Charles Smith says an exhibition game slated to be played in North Korea has been dwarfed by politics and tainted by Dennis Rodman’s boastful comments.

Rodman became enraged during a CNN interview Tuesday when asked about whether he would raise the issue of American missionary Kenneth Bae, who has been detained in North Korea since May on charges of “anti-state” crimes, to Kim.

“Kenneth Bae did one thing … if you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? … I would love to speak on this,” Rodman told CNN’s Chris Cuomo while pointing at the camera.

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17 thoughts on “Rodman’s Attempts At Diplomacy Leave Something To Be Desired

  1. Rodman is an idiot. So he is right at home with his pedophile friend. He should consider staying in Korea as he is not wanted or needed or missed by anyone here in the USA.

  2. How can anyone this much of a village idiot do ANYTHING diplomatic? By the looks of him and his dark shades, the thing he is a representative about would be a drug culture.

  3. a fool in. a fools paradice spouting a fools visions of pure foolishness

  4. At least Hanoi Jane had some brains. But yeah, just another "useful idiot". Both of them in the entertainment business, too.

  5. give the guy a break. After years of playing basketball for millions of dollars it is hard to deal with reality.

  6. Major athletes and Hollywood personalities should stay out of politics. For the most part they know even less about politics and Real Life than the people in Congress, and yet there are many people who idolize them and believe, erroneously that their opinions have something to do with Real Life and Politics when they are merely ONE personal opinion (usually Wrong) abouit what is going on in Real Life, politics, the Nation, and The World! ! ! ! !

  7. What is your evidence that North would not say in public what he privately said in response to a private email you sent him? I don't happen to agree with his VERY well known religious views, either, but you seem to be leaning way far forward on your skies with this posting. Is it some kind of cry for help?

  8. WhiteFalcon says:

    Rodman is a fool. He always has been and he always will be. What he is doing in N. Korea simply proves this fact, for the umpteenth time.

  9. What effect would a guy like Rodman have on the N. Korean people? Can we predict that? He is freewheeling, a foreigner, an American even, in a country that is not used to seeing much different than their own society. Every action has a reaction. I'll be looking to see what happens there over the next 5 years. I'm not defending Rodman and I never watched him in sport or otherwise, just saying…

  10. how much was he paid ?

  11. For example think of what Elvis Presley, or the Beatles did to 1950s America, or Stravinsky in Russia (classical music).

  12. I'd think it hilarious if those Commies arrested Rodman over some Draconian nit-picking law he broke but knew nothing about.

  13. Dennis Rodman is neither a politician nor is he a diplomat nor is he a statesman and neither are the others who traveled with him to North Korea. However the scathing criticism of his journey to that country is not important as far as I am concerned. The people who should be on the receiving end of the scathing criticism are not. Do you know to whom I am referring? Obama, Clinton, Rice ( not Condoleeza) the other one, Power and Kerry. They are not diplomats. They are not statesmen. However they are excellent examples of politicians because everything they have uttered from the moment they appeared on the scene has been utter crapola! These are the people who are worthy of our criticism and it’s long past the time they should have been starting to receive it.

  14. I'm more embarrassed that most of them have had no or little contact with Americans and they probably think we are all like Rodman, what a poor excuse for an example. All the rings around his lips, nose, icky, icky, icky, poor speaker etc. What a ridiculous display.

  15. Lets be honest here, Hanoi jane had more looks than brains, and a name to skate through life with, her dad must be very proud of his little girl NOT!!!!

  16. Do NBA stars feel better about themselves if they beat (foregone conclusion) a team of North Korean basketball players??

  17. Saltporkdoc says:

    Since when did it become the purview of private citizens, which NBA players are despite their fame or notoriety, to act as diplomats and convoys of foreign policy anyway?