Posted January 07, 2014

Dennis Rodman’s North Korea game denounced by retired NBA players

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Dennis Rodman said he will train the North Korean basketball team for the 2016 Olympics. (AP Photo/Jason Mojica)

Dennis Rodman said he will train the North Korean basketball team for the 2016 Olympics. (AP Photo/Jason Mojica)

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) Board of Directors has denounced the North Korea basketball exhibition led by Dennis Rodman and featuring a team of former NBA stars.

In a news release Tuesday, the NBRPA cited North Korea’s poor human rights policies and conditions, and made it clear that the organization did not sanction or support the exhibition.

Rodman announced this week plans to take a team of former NBA players — including Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker, Clifford Robinson, Charles Smith, Doug Christie, Craig Hodges, and Sleepy Floyd – to Pyongyang to play an exhibition game against the North Korean national team to celebrate the birthday of North Korean “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un.

Rodman and his team arrived in Pyongyang on Monday and are scheduled to play the exhibition on Wednesday.

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The former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls star angrily defended the exhibition and his friendship with the North Korean dictator on CNN Tuesday.

“It’s a great idea for the world,” Rodman said in an interview with CNN, later adding that the trip could help “open the door a little bit” to the world.

From the NBRPA:

“While we support international goodwill and diplomacy in instances deemed appropriate by our Board of Directors, it is important to clarify that the trip to North Korea led by Dennis Rodman and others was not sanctioned by the NBRPA and is not supported by our organization in any way,” said NBRPA Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, a four-time NBA All-Star. “Under the right circumstances basketball can serve as a bridge to bring communities together, but these are not those circumstances. Standing alongside our partners at the NBA, we do not condone the basketball activities to be conducted in North Korea this week.”


40 comments
Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

dennis probably got paid a few mil by the "dear leader" --- that's all he cares about.  he's broke and needs lots of money for his partying and high dollar women

billhoner35
billhoner35

Years ago, there was a sign in the New York City subways posted by the Department of Mental Health saying "troubled people often cause trouble" . From his issues with sexual identification to other personal problems that are in the public domain, Mr. Rodman is a case in point. His basketball IQ was rather high; he is by no means a moron in the strict definition of the term. However, due to serious emotional problems, his behavior is often erratic and inappropriate. At times, his antics could be considered entertaining and harmless. However, he recently crossed the line by suggesting that the American being held in North Korea must have "done something wrong." I do not know enough about the case to discuss it, but Dennis did not know much about it either. Yet he made that gratuitous comment that could damage negotiations for the individual's release. In so doing, he can no longer be deemed amusing, but rather reckless and dangerous. Bill Honer.    

rrlass
rrlass

Rodman?  You talkin' 'bout Rodman?

6marK6
6marK6

How down is your career if you make the decision to go to North Korea with Dennis Rodman to play basketball?

Perry E
Perry E

Dennis and his band of (They have to be starving for money) cohorts seem to be the ONLY PEOPLE ON THE PLANET who thinks this is a good idea!! 

Well, if you are willing to "sell out" human rights, your country, and your soul for money, then all the preaching by me will not change who you are! I just wonder how you can sleep at night propping up this monstrous dictator and actually "bowing" to him! I had no idea Dennis was anyone's Biatch!! Well, I guess if you pay a hooker enough, he or she will do anything for that money. Dennis, do you get the analogy or is that over your head too???

johnnydee
johnnydee

the collective IQ of Rodman and his group of former NBA players has got to be under 100; he's an idiot leading a bunch of idiots.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

I remember when Rodman was a pleasant, timid nice guy from a small school overwhelmed by the NBA.

Now, he's a freak-show, and a traitor into the bargain.  What fame does to some people.

bullgator1955
bullgator1955

and  rodman needs to stay there that f    traitor

bullgator1955
bullgator1955

hr334466;


n korea is run by a sob killer that needs to be put to sleep the same way he murdered his uncle. This despot is trying to provoke a confrontation with the us and our allies, china is distancing themselves from this manical idiot.

hr334466
hr334466

lol, you guys are all just jumping on the bandwagon.  none of you know the difference between north korea and south korea and only care bc the media is talking about this so just shut up.

pleasestay
pleasestay

why dont you just stay?that way we wont have to put up with your crap no more.just stay their,PLEASE

Psy Power
Psy Power

Lost in so many of these stories is Dennis Rodman has the financial support of a documentary company and any sponsors pulled into each trip; he is an employee, not a former athlete - like an Ali, for example - who is leading the pack on a politically-charges issue. And "The Worm" reportedly wasn't the first choice by North Korean officials.....it was Michael Jordan. Iconic Japanese pro wrestling/MMA legend Inoki has traveled to North Korea on a number of occasions over the years - and has brokered sports programs - but his regional altruism is based on a wealth of political ties and the power of his name to open doors. If a paycheck was not involved, would Rodman be actively involved in this gig?

6marK6
6marK6

One would just not think that Rodman could make such an error in judgement. Bahahahaha...

Boris_Blog
Boris_Blog

Rodman should be at home with the freak. As a vet I feel we should meet him and his team and beat the living crap out of every one of them while deporting them out of the USA. Rodman - as an American you suck, but as a man you are an example of what is wrong with your disgusting and corrupt kind.


When you get back I suggest we intern you in a camp and starve you and work your egomaniac frame into oblivion.


Vets - get the names of every one of these traitors - let's send them with this human garbage where they all belong - out of the USA ... they can bunk with Rodman overseas in some refugee camp and rot. Meanwhile, boycott their teams - why pay for these sorry individuals to go on junkets with a manmad and murderer-wait, in their culture, they fit in exactly!

giosbiz
giosbiz

What is bridge building, then?  It's finding common ground.  It's not like Rodman refusing to play there is going to stop the abuses and human rights violations.  it certainly can't hurt and MIGHT help.  I am for it. 

Big_G_74
Big_G_74

@hr334466 Obviously, you've never been in the Armed Forces in South Korea. You don't know what it's like to take a shower after work and wonder if the sirens are going to go off, or it you went out and had a night in the village, and the sirens are going to go off. This peninsula is unstable. Go there for yourself and find yourself trapped in a minefield, go to the DMZ, and see what it's like. Until then, shut your mouth


6marK6
6marK6

@hr334466 I am fairly certain most Americans have extensive knowledge of the differences between the two countries. I think maybe you don't.

duckfan59
duckfan59

@hr334466Yes, only you understand the world and foreign policy, oh wise one. Us peasants should just shut up and listen to you.
Get a grip on your ego, Cletus.

Perry E
Perry E

@hr334466I have lived in South Korea for two years! I know this man's family and he is as crazy as his dad and his grandfather were, but he is taking to the throne much younger than either of them did and his youth, obvious hostility, and ego are causing much more trouble than either of his elders ever did. 

You know what they say when you use a "generalization" like your comment, it just makes you look like an idiot!!!

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

@hr334466 You do not have to be a world expert to know that South Korea has open and free elections and is a part of the World community while North Korea is "Old School" hardcore Communist Dictatorship that is a Pariah even in Communist China. They are a destabilizing Regime in a part of the world that definitely needs more stability not less. Kim Jung Un is a Leader of a Country who also happens to be a complete sociopath. Anyone who would strip men down and thow them in to cages filled with hungry vicious dogs that have not eaten in days is beyond redemption and should be eliminated so that his people, who are starving and have one of the lowest if not the lowest standard of living in the world, may taste freedom and maybe some decent food like he indulges in himself!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Big_G_74
Big_G_74

@Psy Power Dennis Rodman is doing this for his own agenda. He doesn't care about North Korea. He's just hyping himself up to make himself look good.


Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

@Psy Power M.J. was their first choice?  Really? No s#it??

                        They really thought Jordan would bite?  Like $$ would be an incentive?


                         Goes to show those fools are, in fact totally and completely bats#it crazy.

Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

@Boris_Blog I'm a 30-year USAF vet, served worldwide, including Korea…Intimately.  I assume you're blowing off steam and leaving it at that.  Because if not, and you're really serious, truth be told unless it's self-defense, answering your call to join and beat these guys just because you don't agree with what they did gets me (and you) and everybody else locked up, sued, and ruined.  

I can't deport anybody.  Neither can you.  State Department can.  Otherwise, it's just a lot of hollering. Where do you propose to have the camp built?  It better be underground because if you get caught, there's more jail time and more money given up, again. Don't be fooled:  Some retired NBA players still have deep pockets…All of them didn't go out like Latrell Spreewell or Allan Iverson.  And they've had their attorneys a long time.

How do  you propose to evict? the US citizens who's name you want from our country, not liking what they did?


You, I and them are entitled to our feelings.  That's what you and I served our country for to ensure that right isn't taken, like it is in North Korea.  How about offering something doable though, and for sure more civil and dignified.  Less gangster.  As one vet, and perhaps speaking for many, what you want to do, administer beatings, internment with starving, and rotting in a refugee camp,is a h#lluva lot closer to what Little Crazy actually does in NK than what we fought to uphold.   As ESPN says: "CMon, Man!"

david.davidson.2109
david.davidson.2109

@Boris_Blog Everything you say in your comment basically amounts to treason!  This country was founded on honorable principles that allow each of us the right to disagree, to take a stance that is out of the norm, and to protest against that with which we disagree.  Those are part of the foundation of this great nation; you and your kind who want to strip them away from people YOU determine are not worthy, YOU folks are the traitors to this nation.  Ignore him if you disagree; I disagree with him--so I just don't pay attention to the clown.  But I will pay attention to the traitorous, unAmerican babblings of neo-fascists like yourself.  Actually, the sort of actions you call for are more reminiscent of the Nazis and the Stalinist Soviet Union.  As a veteran, I am not only embarrassed by your obvious lack of critical thinking abilities, but am also angered by the publicly demonstrated unAmerican opinions you have expressed.  You sir, have brought shame to the uniform.  Was that also part of your subversive plan, comrade? 

eddie767
eddie767

@Boris_Blog I don't know why you keep screening "I'm a vet"? You seem to forget you fought, if you did,for our right to do, say,and be who we want to be. Until the govt. takes/says something to Rodman just shut up.

PS I'm a son of Vietnam Vet,3 tours

Boris_Blog
Boris_Blog

@giosbiz Fine...you can pack your life up to and join this garbage...can't hurt...you need to be drafted and see the world as it is and not through the eyes of this corrupt press and entertainers living in la-la land.

As a vet you need to find a new home as you do not deserve to live in America freeloader.

Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

@davidhudsonone @hr334466 Not to defend Little Hitler, but the dog story is just that..

A dog.  Not true.  The slimy b#astard has done a lot of wacked-out dirt, and is another Hussein, but that story grew legs after a washed-up attention-seeking "journalist" started the rumor in a Far East rag.  Do the research and you'll see it grew like a virus.  No truth, just grew.

Big_G_74
Big_G_74

@david.davidson.2109 @Boris_Blog So, Jay-Z and Beyonce can go to Cuba. Dennis Rodman can go to North Korea!?! Really !!??!! What kind of twisted sh^& is this???  If I would even try to go to one of those countries, I'd be labeled a Terrorist, or a Traitor. Why Not Them??


MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@eddie767@Boris_Blog 

You have the right to an opinion, but not to your snotty tone.  

Rodman is a traitor.  Anyone who associates with him is, as well, paychecks be darned.  There are honest ways to make a living -- less money, but honorable.

He's right.  You're wrong.  Regardless of whatever kind of vicarious virtue or credibility you may claim.


DavidHunter1
DavidHunter1

@Boris_Blog @giosbiz You are in serious need of more fiber in your diet. It is almost comical how you want our country to be just like the countries we condemn.  If we don't agree with your view we should be jailed. Gee....how patriotic. Your views are the ones that are un-American my friend. Get a grip. That said, yes Rodman IS a moron.

Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

@MidwestGolfFan @DavidHunter1 @Boris_Blog @giosbiz Rodman sucks and is a fool.  But if really committed treason he'd be in federal custody right now.  He's walking around free and stupid.  Ignorant, hair-trigger, and not-the-most-handsome guy, yes. Treason and propaganda, nope.  Sorry.  Laws of the land say so.

Sucks, but true. 

david.davidson.2109
david.davidson.2109

@MidwestGolfFan  You know, midwesterners with a thesaurus can almost be dangerous.  Almost.  The big words and the confident opinions are there, but those usually crumble under the weight of child-like logic.  Or you could be right! If so, make sure you contact the State Department because obviously they are not paying enough attention to the news (and SI) . . . after all, Rodman has yet to be detained a traitor after his trips to NK.  Luckily the USA has such well-informed citizens like you to help police the borders for traitors.  As a born and raised midwestern boy, I can attest to the regional understanding of intricate global politics . . . for some reason, you remind me of the time in the midwest when I asked for an imported beer and was brought a Sam Adams.  Actually, folks like you (big words, unsubstantiated opinions, and an "I was on the dean's list once in junior high" attitude) aren't unique to the midwest (which can be a wonderful place as long as you avoid its self-proclaimed gentry like MWGF)--unfortunately, America has this sort of clown from coast to coast.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@DavidHunter1@Boris_Blog@giosbiz 

Actually, Mr. Sanctimonious, treason is a crime.

Rodman is spreading propaganda on behalf of a country that the U.S. regards as an outlaw and terror-source.  We don't even recognize them diplomatically.

Rodman is committing treason.  That's not free speech --  Tea Party people having their say is.  You probably think exactly the opposite.