Posted January 07, 2014

Watch: Dennis Rodman gets emotional, angry while defending trip to North Korea

Dennis Rodman

If Dennis Rodman’s latest trip to North Korea wasn’t getting enough attention already, his meltdown on national television Tuesday should likely do the trick.

The Hall of Famer has brought seven former NBA players to North Korea to play an exhibition game Wednesday on the birthday of the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Rodman has repeatedly referred to the trip as an effort to improve “basketball diplomacy,” but the venture has caught plenty of flak because of North Korea’s politics and human rights record and Rodman’s … peculiar background.

Things got even more peculiar on Tuesday when Rodman and the rest of the ex-NBA players appeared on CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo. The interview started off civil enough, with Cuomo peppering the players about politics and former Knick Charles Smith playing admirable defense deflecting the questions.

But things eventually boiled over — as they tend to with Rodman — which led to a sad combination of mumbling, rambling, screaming and crying from the Worm.

Among the interview’s lowlights:

• Rodman’s strange decision to go on the air wielding an unlit cigar.

• The mortified faces of Rodman’s peers as they watch him self-destruct on live TV.

• Rodman turning the tables on Cuomo and asking him questions about Kenneth Bae, an American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for committing what North Korea called “hostile acts.”

• Rodman’s repeated use of the phrase “watch this,” only to be followed by incoherent nonsense.

• Rodman telling Cuomo, “I don’t give a rat’s ass what the hell you think!”

• Rodman’s surprising and painful self-awareness of his place in U.S. culture: “We have to go back to America and take the abuse. Do you have to take the abuse that we’re going to take? Do you, sir? Let me know. Are you going to take it — because we’re going to get it.”

Smith did his best to keep the interview afloat, injecting bits of common sense and intelligent debating in between Rodman’s ramblings. It’s clear Smith and the rest of the ex-players realize their place in this equation, even if the man who brought them there doesn’t.

“We’re not here for any political aspects,” Smith said. “We’re not here to talk politics. So outside of that, any questions that come back through that is just baiting us to get us to talk about politics and that’s not why we’re here.”

The NBA and the National Basketball Retired Players Association both denounced Rodman’s trip. “Although sports in many instances can be helpful in bridging cultural divides, this is not one of them,” NBA commissioner David Stern said.

And if the CNN interview weren’t enough, NKNews.org tweeted this picture on Monday showing Rodman, in a trip to North Korea last year, toasting Jong-un’s uncle, who was reportedly executed by his nephew in December after being labeled a traitor.

72 comments
Jingbrit
Jingbrit

The New York Philharmonic went to play a few years ago in North Korea and got favourable media coverage for it.

gunter
gunter

Actually, Charles Smith did fine.


Rodman is clearly impaired. And the other teammates are clearly embarrassed.


But nothing else here is clear.  Maybe there is a grander scheme that people miss, and it's not about moral right or wrong - it's about diplomacy.  I'd love to free the U.S.'s political prisoners, but it's not that simple.




Edward1
Edward1

Uneducated. Didn't have a Dad growing up. Sad sh/t. 

HaroldKnuttz
HaroldKnuttz

Rodman is just grunting...sad and pitiful

HaroldKnuttz
HaroldKnuttz

To be fair, Rodman is not quite as embarrassing as Biden.

HaroldKnuttz
HaroldKnuttz

This is sick. He is visiting dictator that FED HIS UNCLE TO DOGS! WTF, is he thinking....never mind, he is too retarded to think.


ianlinross
ianlinross

Rodman must be there for Execution Week festivities.

effeweall
effeweall

Wow, as if being a freak, spy and enemy of the United States is not enough....The Worm is a redoxs fan.  We now also know the worm is not against ped use.


GO BIG PAPI!!!

BlowPop852
BlowPop852

Cuomo is an idiot asking them about Bae while they are IN NORTH KOREA. Whats he trying to do get them killed????

dandogwood
dandogwood

If anyone thinks blacks are equal to whites watch Rodman and his cronies talk.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Seal team 6 should take out Rodman and those other 9 traitors. 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

I'd rather let Snowden back in the US than Rodman.

RonHawkster
RonHawkster

Rodman didn't have many fans before and he won't have many more after this interview.  There is no question he has no idea how to handle these tense interviews, and he certainly doesn't know what kind of a messy situation all this is.  I mean, what do you expect when you make buddy buddy with a psychopathic dictator like little Kim and his junta holding an entire nation hostage? To his credit, Charles Smith is far more in control.  Nevertheless, one should ask CNN and the likes, we all know what Rodman is about.  Their going out and interviewing him is for ratings and completely dishonest, especially when their questions are about political stuff that are clearly over the head of Rodman.  CNN is exploiting this situation for ratings as much as NK is exploiting Rodman to fake legitimacy.  I just love how CNN and the likes would never practice what they preach.  

KeithnCraigShow
KeithnCraigShow

Perhaps Rodman has a point. Perhaps Bae violated federal law in North Korea. Seriously, what about Guantanamo Bay? Be careful pointing fingers. 

Go Dennis!!  

MrArlington
MrArlington

Charles Smith pretty much made a fool of Cuomo at the end there.

EP1
EP1

That was a great Hulk Hogan impression... "let me tell you something brother!!!


I love how they think that playing a game of basketball will bring peace to the world.

j7apple
j7apple

Probably should lay off the booze before an interview. 

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

Let's see, now. SI is the magazine that famously put Rodman on its cover wearing a leather girdle and a stone necklace, an orange hairdo, and holding a large parrot on his wrist. So you are surprised by this?

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

Rodman's a long-time well-known weirdo. He even made the cut as an alien in Men in Black... one of the only parts of the movie that wasn't fiction.

Rick56
Rick56

At least the millions of people who watched the interview with Cuomo will realize what a loser Rodman is...and he was "representing" the US in N. Korea. How embarrassing is that? 

Fox
Fox

Wow, Dennis is obviously intoxicated, but he must absolutely be borderline retarded. Seriously.  

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

Obviously intoxicated. Pretty much incoherent ramblings. All are being used by a 2-bit fascist dictator. Don't think I missed anything.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

The mortified faces of Rodman’s peers"

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What did they think this would be? a "feel good" trip? They are just as dumbazz as dennis is.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

One word:  Treason.

Give him the Ezra Pound treatment.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Wow.  Drunk maybe, but the bigger issue is how hard he is defending NK.  Reminds me of Jane Fonda in the 60's.  Can't see the forest for the trees.

teebo78
teebo78

I guess I'll be the only one who stands up for Rodman. It's interesting to note how many people think of Rodman as a villain or a nut, but he's broken barriers in a sticky situation. Consider for a moment that the NBA goes to China every year for exhibition games, and we all know they are squeaky clean with their human rights issues and dirty polluted air. They're OK with one Communist country but not another because the Chinese spend money and are business partners. Same with Cuba or any other "bad guys". If they play by our rules and buy our product, they're OK. However, people hate our country around the world because we shoot drones at innocent people and start wars based on lies. Careful not to throw stones when you live in a glass house.

Cool
Cool

@dandogwood Let me guess.  You drive a big pick up  that you have to use a ladder in order to get in it.  Not that the average man would have to, but a small man like you has to.

cjackson3
cjackson3

@dandogwood

If you are to (falsely) be taken as an example of the average Caucasian, then Blacks are not equal but superior.  Most of the blacks I know wouldn't judge all white people on the ramblings of one nut.  Good job embarrassing your race with your lack of critical thinking.

Rick56
Rick56

@MrArlington I don't know about that, but at least he was cool and collective not like Rodman...

teebo78
teebo78

@NebojsaTodorovicThe big issue and the point of it all is how do we defend any of these world leaders, when they all have dirt on them?

HaroldKnuttz
HaroldKnuttz

@teebo78 At first I thought words would fail me after reading your post, but then the perfect adjective came to me....DUMBASS!

EP1
EP1

@teebo78I get your point... but China is ok because they pose no nuclear threat to the world. NK on the other hand has a person who feeds his uncle to dogs and would not hesitate to push the button. Also, NK has a long... very long history of starving their nation (thus the reason for South Korea defecting from there. I will agree with you to an extent... for example, I think Cuba and the Castro's are unfairly characterized to the people in the U.S., 


But be real here. Rodman isnt "different" he has major issues. And he doesnt get what hes doing. And as for bridging the gap with basketball... please... those guys are playing the game because they are getting paid one way or another. And its foolish to think that basketball will fix anything. Didnt Rodman already do a charity game? and list the issues that KJ has done since that. Broken barriers... he has basically cur-towed to a iron fisted ruler that will feed him to the dogs (hopefully)

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@teebo78 

"People" don't hate us.  They hate the perception of us that their thuggish leaders spread, because we pose a threat to despots:  despite the current administration's depredations, we are still the most free and prosperous country in the history of the world.

As for Rodman, he is a traitor.  And anyone who would defend a traitor isn't worth more than passing attention.

David11
David11

@teebo78 your house is made of glass...wow.  I bet your heating bill is expensive.

Rick56
Rick56

@teebo78 if you don't like it here...leave. Go to N, Korea with Rodman. BTW, to answer your question...Rodman, is a lunatic. 

Rick56
Rick56

@MidwestGolfFan @teebo78 Especially, when Rodman is not going to rescue Brae and he said Brae deserves what he got....azzhole Rodman is.

teebo78
teebo78

@David11@teebo78I was talking about your house. But everybody's heating bill is expensive. Maybe you should walk outside in Atlanta today with no shirt on. I'll make sure to drop you off in the hood, you fake Sonic!

teebo78
teebo78

@Rick56@teebo78I didn't say I don't like it here. BTW, if you're not in position to make me leave, STFU! Also, I didn't ask a question but let me answer it for you. He's not a lunatic, it called being different. I guess some of us forgot that we can be different in this country.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@WHO*IS*ESPN "His Kind"?  Do us all a favor and chop you're member off so you have no ability to procreate and integrate your below zero I.Q. into the gene pool.  God help this country with white sheeted morons like you running around in it.

ted7117
ted7117

@TheDudeSpeaks @teebo78 @Rick56 

While I don't agree with Teebo's original comment, he is far from a hypocrite.  In fact, quite the opposite.  It is the true American who questions his government, who strives to make this country better, who points out our faults so that we can stop making our mistakes.  If you don't stand up for what you believe, then you are the one who belongs in NK or some other country.

For reference, look up Susan B Anthony, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman...

TheDudeSpeaks
TheDudeSpeaks

@teebo78 @Rick56  Let's be real teebo. Rick is correct. You're a hypocrite who reaps the benefits of a place you're obviously not fond of. Rodman is a lunatic. Being "different" doesn't make you a lunatic. Being a lunatic makes you a lunatic. Over his lifespan, Rodman, has publicly inflicted harm on many different people, but I guess thats okay if you're "different".

Rick56
Rick56

@teebo78 @Rick56 I am not making you leave, but by your comment, it sounds like your are not happy here. Rodman is a lunatic. During the conversation, he was not coherent and wasted.