Rodman tells Kim Jong Un he has 'friend for life'
Old 02-28-2013, 05:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman hung out Thursday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on the third day of his improbable journey with VICE to Pyongyang, watching the Harlem Globetrotters with the leader and later dining on sushi and drinking with him at his palace.
''You have a friend for life,'' Rodman told Kim before a crowd of thousands at a gymnasium where they sat side by side, chatting as they watched players from North Korea and the U.S. play, Alex Detrick, a spokesman for the New York-based VICE media company, told The Associated Press.
Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the professional Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, VICE correspondent Ryan Duffy and a production crew to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series.
The unlikely encounter makes Rodman the most high-profile American to meet Kim since the young North Korean leader took power in December 2011, and takes place against a backdrop of tension between Washington and Pyongyang. North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test just two weeks ago, making clear the provocative act was a warning to the United States to drop what it considers a ''hostile'' policy toward the North.
Kim, a diehard basketball fan, told the former Chicago Bulls star he hoped the visit would break the ice between the United States and North Korea, VICE founder Shane Smith said.
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In Washington, the State Department refused comment on Rodman's visit or his meeting with Kim. ''Private, individual Americans are welcome to take actions they see fit,'' spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.
He said the Obama administration wasn't in touch with Rodman and wasn't making an effort to contact him.
The administration had frowned on the trip by Schmitt and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, but has avoided criticizing Rodman's outing, saying it's about sports.
North Korea's invitation to a man known as much for his piercings, tattoos and bad behavior as for his basketball may seem inexplicable. But Kim is known to love the NBA, and has promoted sports since becoming leader.
''We knew that he's a big lover of basketball, especially the Bulls, and it was our intention going in that we would have a good will mission of something that's fun,'' Smith said. ''A lot of times, things just are serious and everybody's so concerned with geopolitics that we forget just to be human beings.''
Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, said Rodman wasn't concerned about criticism about making a visit to an enemy nation.
''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 ,'' he said. ''It's all about peace and love.''
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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pretty narrow view of things bud.
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I bet Rodman was on a mission to kill someone, like in that movie with Jean Klyde Van Damn
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Anyone who aids the NK regime in any way is a sick individual. Rodman is human garbage and everything bad should happen to him.
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posted this in the Headlines thread a while back...maybe Dennis should ask his "friend for life' about it

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Old 02-28-2013, 07:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I bet Rodman was on a mission to kill someone, like in that movie with Jean Klyde Van Damn
Ha! I was just about to type that "years from now Ben Affleck will be producing a movie about a former NBA great who spied on North Korea for the CIA"
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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What do you think an outsider is going to say in NK in front of government officials? of course he's going to stroke his ego. pretty sure he wants to go back home in 1 piece.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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More proof that VICE magazine sucks.

Here's a typical VICE reader:

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More proof that VICE magazine sucks.

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They have some decent documentaries. didn't know people read mags still.
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i'd like to see Vice make a do's and don'ts north korea edition.
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Anyone who aids the NK regime in any way is a sick individual. Rodman is human garbage and everything bad should happen to him.
In what way did he aid the regime? Dude wasn't giving away CIA secrets.

He played a basketball game, maybe his mere presence changed the global outlook of a few people while he was down there.
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If Rodman were benefitting from this "friendship", or offering a benefit to the regime, then it would be problematic. Instead there's a chance that their isolation lessens to even some small degree, which benefits all of us. The more these guys are cut off from the rest of the world the greater the chance of bad shit continuing to happen and get worse.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:09 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Wow this is nothing but good news. Can't believe what you guys are saying. How's befriending the leader of a country that might start a nuclear war not a good thing. At the very least it lessens the tension. If the meeting ended on bad terms then it would be a different story but this doesn't deserve the foolishness some of you are saying.
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I'm not a huge fan of Vice, but I thought their doc of going inside NK was pretty good.

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I'm not a huge fan of Vice, but I thought their doc of going inside NK was pretty good.

Inside North Korea (Part 1/3) - YouTube
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This is good news. Also, I heard that when Kim Jong Un was going to school in Switzerland he showed a classmate a pic of him with Kobe and Kukoc.
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