Published by on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:00 am.
Dennis Rodman’s trips to North Korea have been a source of controversy and criticism for the former pro baller. Many have called into question the ex-Chicago Bulls star’s relationship with Kim Jong Un and Rodman is speaking out about his connection to the authoritarian regime.
“I don’t want people to look at me as the devil or an evil person,” Rodman told ESPN. “If I put anyone in harm’s way, I apologize, you know. What makes me so damn bad? What makes me this bad awful person?”
Nothing now that the former Celebrity Apprentice star is staying on the wagon. Rodman blamed his drinking problem for his combative interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo and his overall erratic behavior in North Korea.
Next up…Hollywood, of course. Director Tim Story is now attached to a comedy pitch film for 20th Century Fox about Rodman’s diplomatic North Korean exploits. Gotta love Dennis, even when he screws up he cashes in!
Published by on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:30 am.
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Days after Dennis Rodman left rehab for alcohol abuse, TMZ reports that he’s back on the sauce… and partying in Miami.
The NBA Hall of Famer was reportedly getting festive at South Beach club E11even last Friday night. And what was this recovering alcoholic doing? Dropping kamikaze shots. “Every time he would take one [a kamikaze shot] he would scream ‘It’s kamikaze time!’” said one of the club’s patrons.
Rodman arrived at 10:30 p.m and left at 2 a.m. Allegedly, he drunk so much he had to be aided by strangers and helped into a cab.
The former Chicago Bull went into rehab following his, er, second eventful trip to North Korea and a visit with his new BFF, dictator Kim Jong-un.
Published by on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:30 am.
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People may have not taken Dennis Rodman seriously after his first trip to North Korea, but now the former Bulls star is headed back to the Communist nation for a big game of basketball.
On January 8, the basketball star will be organizing an exhibition game between North Korea and team of ex-NBAplayers to mark the birthday of the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un.
Rodman said he hopes the all-star basketball game will help to improve relations between the two nations. “Sports is important to people around the world so I hope this is going to engage the American people, especially Obama,” he says.
Despite U.S. government warning for Americans not to travel to North Korea, this marks Rodman’s third trip to the nation. Who knew that the most flamboyant basketball player to date would go on to become an unofficial ambassador to two warring nations?
Believe it or not, Dennis Rodman is taking basketball where it’s never been before.
Published by on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00 am.
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Fresh off his second trip to North Korea this past Saturday, former pro baller Dennis Rodman announced plans to organize friendship basketball games between the U.S. and North Korea.
After working out an agreement with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, Rodman says the first game will be January 8, on Kim’s birthday and the second game will take place on January 10.
The former Chicago Bulls star nicknamed the controversial leader “The Marshall” and told a press conference crowd on Monday, “the marshall told me, ‘we want people to come here because we are not a bad country.’”
Rodman says he will return to North Korea December 14 to train local players who will compete against Americans and he’s even agreed to train the North Koreans for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio.
But first thing is first, back to those US-North Korea friendship b-ball games. The former Celebrity Apprentice star promises that the American team will be a star-studded event. He says basketball stars from his era, like Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen will be on the team.
Maybe the State Department might want to start taking Dennis Rodman seriously?
North Korea isn’t the only place where Dennis Rodman gets the A-list treatment. New York strip club Cheetah’s is helping the basketball player-turned-diplomat ring in his 52nd birthday by throwing him a wild party. According to Page Six, the bash is scheduled for May 20 and owners of the club are planning a giant cake served by topless dancers and handing out lace thongs that read “Make Love Not War.”
But that’s not the real gift from Cheetah’s to Rodman: the club will name its infamous V.I.P. room after the birthday boy. The exclusive quarters were previously named after Charlie Sheen, but the Anger Management star threatened to sue the club for millions, alleging that the venue would hurt his reputation.
Published by on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:43 am.
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Now that his image is healing from the debauchery of his North Korean trip/diplomacy attempt, Dennis Rodman is looking to take his basketball ambassadorship to Rome, Italy to help fix the Catholic Church.
According to TMZ, The Worm says his “people” in Rome have reached out to the higher-ups at the Vatican. The reason? They’re trying to arrange a meeting between Dennis and the next pope. Right now the Cardinals are voting and the world is still waiting for a decision. Rodman says he wants to be there when white smoke arises from the famed chimney. But reportedly it is unlikely a vote will be reached today.
Rodman, who via the media has told the world North Korea’s Kim-Jun Un wants to talk with President Obama, wants to offer the Catholic Church his new global message. “I want to be anywhere in the world that I’m needed,” said Rodman “… I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world.” Looks like a retired basketball hall of famer needs something to do… Then, again, the new voluntary gig would definitely beat the crazy life he’s been leading any day. Good Luck, Dennis!
Dennis Rodman is taking his role of basketball diplomat very, very seriously.
TMZ reports the NBA Hall of Famer, who sent Washington into fits of giggles when he returned from North Korea with a message from dictator Kim Jong-Un for President Barack Obama (“Call him. Just call him,”), says he plans to return to the rogue nation ASAP to broker a lasting peace deal between the “Axis of Evil” country and the United States.
The Worm did learn a lesson from the ridicule and scorn he faced upon his homecoming, and vowed to apologize for calling Kim’s father, the notorious Kim Jong-Il, a “great leader,” admitting he wasn’t aware of the deceased head of state’s human rights violations.
In related news, North Korea is building more prison camps and illegally testing nuclear warheads (with an aim for a range that would reach Madison Square Garden) as we speak. Watcha gonna do about that, Rodman?
Broke? Who’s broke? That’s the tune Dennis Rodman was singing in Sin City last month, where the financially troubled former NBA star made it rain bills inside a posh boutique.
TMZ found this video of Rodman shopping with friends and, quite literally, throwing fists full of cash onto the floor.
This is the same month Rodman went before a judge claiming he’s too broke to pay the near $1 million he owes in back child support. His attorney also said in court that Rodman suffers from alcoholism.
Perhaps the fact that The Worm was throwing down singles was some indication of his money troubles…or maybe he was so drunk he though the clothing store was a strip club? Either way, clean yourself up, Rod. These days, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
They tried to make him go to rehab, he said “no, no, no …” But apparently upon second thought, former NBA great and reality dude Dennis Rodman, changed his mind. Instead of the inpatient treatment that friends and family — including Laker’s coach Phil Jackson — wanted him to partake in, Rodman will instead do an outpatient program, where he’ll regularly see a counselor.