Dennis Rodman and his basketball buddies are in N. Korea to play a basketball game and interact with the people according to them. It’s a cultural exchange, they said. They are not there “for any political aspects.”
Dennis Rodman is on a kind of “cultural exchange” program to “put a smile on peoples faces.”
Anchor Chris Cuomo asked Rodman if he thought it was a good idea for him to travel to N. Korea for a basketball game given the recent events. Rodman said it was a “great idea for the world.”
Chris Cuomo asked Dennis Rodman if he knew anything about Kenneth Bae, the U.S. citizen who has been held in North Korea without any announced charges for more than a year, and if he would ask about him while he was there. Bae was convicted last spring by North Korea of “hostile acts” intended to topple the government and sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp.
Rodman got very fiery and indicated that Bae did something wrong.
“Do you understand what he did in this country?” Rodman asked Cuomo. “No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? … I would love to speak on this.
“You know, you’ve got 10 guys here, 10 guys here, that have left their families, they’ve left their damn families, to help this country in a sports venture. That’s 10 guys, all these guys here, do anyone understand that?”
“We do,” responded Cuomo. “And we appreciate that and we wish them well with cultural exchange.”
“No, no, no, no,” Rodman continued. “I don’t give a rat’s ass what the hell you think. I’m saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them … they dared to do one thing, they came here.”
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Jay Carney said he is not going to dignify the situation with a response. He said that they continue to be concerned about Mr. Bae and his health. They encourage N. Korea to give him amnesty and release him immediately.
The answer to Rodman’s bizarre behavior can be found here: