Dennis Rodman Headed to North Korea for Third Time; Will Train Basketball Team
Former Chicago Bull, children's book author, and sometimes SoFla resident Dennis Rodman is reportedly headed back to North Korea on Thursday for a third time.
photo by Launce Rake
Rodman, who has somehow nudged his way into the good graces of Kim Jong Un as the Unofficial Ambassador of WTF! to the United States, is making his trip just days after the North Korean government purged and then executed Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek.
There seems to be little concern from Rodman's camp about his safety or the fact that he's heading over to pal around with one of the U.S.'s enemies just days after the killing of Jang Song Thaek, a tumultuous act that South Korean President Park Geun-hye called a "reign of terror."
"It's certainly safe, even when there is a bit of disruption like there is now, a bit of trouble or chaos; there's even more need for cultural or sporting exchanges," said Rory Scott, a spokesman for Irish bookmakers Paddy Power, which has arranged the trip.
For his third trip to visit his BFF, Rodman will be helping out the North Korean national basketball team. The plan is for him to meet with team members for four days of training them and getting them into playing form for some kind of tournament that will be held on Kim Jong Un's birthday in January.
Rodman is expected to bring other retired NBA players with him to Pyongyang to play against the North Korean team.
Kim Jong Un is purportedly a huge basketball fan.
On his first visit to North Korea this past February, Rodman caught a basketball game with Kim Jong Un and called him a "friend for life."
Of course, Jong Un kind of lost his shit just days after that meeting and began making nuclear threats at everyone. He evidently eventually calmed down and just stuck to smaller, more manageable acts of evil, such as having his own uncle whacked.
But who knows what his demeanor will be after Rodman's third trip or even after that birthday basketball tourney in January?
Reportedly, one of the reasons Jon Un's had his uncle killed was because he didn't stand up fast enough or clap with enough enthusiasm when Jon Un was anointed North Korea's new leader.
Yep, the fate of the entire planet lies in the hands of Dennis Rodman.
Sleep well, everyone!