RODMAN BACK TO NORTH KOREA: The Former NBA Star Will Visit North Korea Again This Week, Trump Admin Says
The former NBA star is headed back to the country as a private citizen, according to Fox NewsScreen Shot 2017-06-12 at 7.45.53 PM
NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is headed for a return visit to North Korea, this time as a “private citizen.”
The Trump Administration confirmed Monday to Fox News that Rodman was heading back for his first visit there in more than three years.
Aside from his basketball fame, Rodman was also a contestant on the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice, which President Donald Trump made infamous; Trump was not President at the time his show was running on television.
Rodman was a contestant on season eight of The Apprentice, which aired in 2009.
Rodman’s visit to the communist country under the leadership of Kim Jong Un comes during a time when tensions among North Korea and the United States run high; North Korea recently fired four surface-to-ship test missiles last week and has threatened that “bigger gifts” are coming to the U.S.
Currently, North Korea is also detaining four Americans for alleged crimes.
Rodman, now 56, visited North Korea and Kim Jong Un in January 2014.
During that trip, Rodman notoriously sang “Happy Birthday” to the dictator and referred to him as his “best friend.”
Rodman also embarked on what he referred to as “basketball diplomacy,” playing pick-up games there with other NBA stars.
Kim Jong Un is reportedly an NBA fan, specifically of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman famously played for the Bulls in the late 1990s.