January 7th, 2014
12:33 PM ET

Angry Dennis Rodman defends North Korea basketball game

Basketball star Dennis Rodman defended his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players in a combative exchange Tuesday, saying it was a "great idea for the world."

In an exclusive interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," Rodman reacted angrily when pressed on whether the group should have traveled there given recent events in the secretive country.

The trip takes place just weeks after North Korea shocked the world by announcing the purge and execution of Kim's once-powerful uncle. There are also concerns for the welfare of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, who's been detained there for more than a year for reasons that are unclear.

The other former NBA players are due to take part in a controversial basketball game on the birthday of Kim Jong Un, the country's young, unpredictable leader. The friendly contest with North Korea's team is planned for Wednesday, when Kim is believed to turn 31.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    As long as the losers aren't being fed to the dogs it is a good idea...

    January 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MI Snowman

      Lol!

      January 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Ya know just given the fact of the "slavery issue" of north koreans in their concentration like work camps SHOULD HAVE gave him room for pause about going there! So now what? He wants to renounce his roots? What a bozo!

    January 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Rodman. Lol.

    January 7, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marian08

    Plus the fact that lil' Kim just MURDERED his own family member.

    January 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      really?!?!? aren't you bias not to mention eliminate-the-whole-family suicide/murders here!

      January 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TvNyC

    Im speechless!

    January 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TvNyC

    Rodman may be onto something and who knows what Kim's uncle did so all your bozos stop talking down on Rodman. Banasy I admire you, hope you had a wonderful New Years and I hope your new year brings you happiness great health, much fortune to you and your family.🙂

    January 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marian08

    No one is talking down on Rodman, frankly I could care less whether he goes or not. My problem with it is that lil' Kim is extremely unpredictable. Also we're not talking about murder/suicide here in the US. According to a report from South Korea it was basically about money, (the uncle taking too much of the pie). Oh,and only little people resorts to name calling.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |