Dennis Rodman is pound for pound the best rebounder on NBA history and he has a new title now: The U.S. basketball diplomat to North Korea.
What? Don’t get me wrong, I love Rodman’s game and his time with the Chicago Bulls was probably the most entertaining in NBA history. But who dreamed this one up? According to Fox Sports, apparently Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters were sent there by Vice Media for an HBO show.
“Dennis called me last night and said it’s been a great experience and he made this trip out of the love of the USA,” Rodman’s agent Darren Price told the Associated Press. “It’s all about peace and love.”
On FirstTake, Skip Bayless also mentioned that Rodman is a guy who is all about peace and love and though this headline is pretty fun to write, is it really a good idea for North Koreans to have Dennis Rodman to look at as an example of America? Not sure; keeping an open mind is always good, but Rodman has been wrapped up in a lot of very strange situations throughout his career. The visit apparently went quite well and all involved had a good time.
“You have a friend for life,” Rodman told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the two watched the Globetrotters’ exhibition match against North Korean players.
That is a nice sentiment from Rodman, but the reality is that North Korea conducted underground nuclear tests just weeks ago. This is not a joking matter whatsoever, and forgive me if I am more concerned about what could have possibly gone wrong on this trip, then on VICE getting some footage for their HBO show. It was not in the best interest of U.S. national security to have Rodman representing the U.S. simply because of his unpredictability.
It is a good thing that nothing crazy seems to have happened on this trip and I hope Rodman had a good time, but I severely question the intelligence of this decision to send him there initially.