It says a lot about the world that the only human on good terms with both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is a former basketball player
2017 has become the year when absurd gags appear to be coming true. When Dennis Rodman constructed his first journey to North Korea back in 2013, it was amusing to imagine the eccentric NBA legend acting as the United States’ de facto ambassador to the country. The notion was as preposterous as Donald Trump somehow being elected president.
It audios surreal, but with tensions rising between the two countries thanks to North Korea’s growing nuclear weapons program, there’s a very real potential that Rodman, a man who once married himself, ends up playing a key role in preventing armageddon. Rodman himself surely believes he will. In an interview with Good Morning Britain, the five-time NBA champion offered to” straighten things out” between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, to emphasise he holds both men friends.
Rodman, along with a group of journalists from Vice, first visited North Korea in 2013 after an invitation from Kim. It turns out that the Northern korean leader grew up a fan of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls teams from the 1990 s. Rodman, one of the best defensive players of the epoch, was a key figure on those squads, although ultimately he received far more attention for his( literally) colorful antics than his formidable basketball skills.
Rodman stood out on the court with his dyed hair and numerous penetrates. Off the court, he moved from disagreement to controversy, fueled by a near-limitless need for attention. Rodman dated several celebrities, most famously Madonna and Carmen Electra, appeared in terrible action movies, posed in wedding dresses and coffins to promote his tell-all volumes and became a tabloid fixture thanks to his self-destructive behavior. He was once even a candidate on Celebrity Apprentice, where Trump fired him for misspelling the name of the future first lady.
Because of his history, few took his” basketball diplomacy” trip-up to North Korea very seriously. If they did, it was to criticize Rodman for participating in what was, at least partially, propaganda meant to humanize one of the world’s most notorious dictators. When Rodman proclaimed that he and Kim were” friends for life ,” one wondered whether he had set any believed to be the people his new best friend had jailed or executed.