National Basketball Association Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman, the peace negotiator? What were the Las Vegas odds on anyone ever betting that?
As odd as it seems, he is trying - or at least making a desperate attempt to stay in the news. Earlier today he appeared on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss his recent trip to North Korea, where he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"He's a good guy to me. He's my friend," Rodman said. "I don't condone what he does, but as a person to person, he's my friend."
Stephanopoulos seemed stunned at Rodman's actions (not the first time Rodman has shocked critics), asking Rodman is he should have talked to his new buddy "about [his human rights violations], so you don't be perceived as propping up his regime, his cultive personality?"
"I saw people respect him and his family," Rodman said.
"Aren't they forced to?" Stephanopoulos shot back.
Later in the interview, Rodman said that Kim wants President Obama to reach out.
"He wants Obama to do one thing. Call him," adding that the two would get along as, “(Kim Jong Un) loves basketball. Obama loves basketball. Let’s start there. He don’t want war… He loves power. He loves control. He’s a great guy.”
I think Rodman should read a book.
His trip to North Korea will be the subject of a documentary from Vice that will air on HBO this April.