January 8th, 2014
05:54 AM ET

Family appalled by Dennis Rodman's outburst

Eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman's bizarre outburst about an American citizen jailed in North Korea has drawn widespread criticism, including from the prisoner's family.
Rodman is in North Korea with other former NBA players for a basketball game against a local team that's due to take place Wednesday, the birthday of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.
Rodman, 52, who visited North Korea three times previously in the past year, describes Kim as a beloved friend, shrugging off the regime's heavily criticized human rights record.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    family need to direct their anger at Kerry and the state department and leave a private citizen rodman alone...media need to stop heckling the team...

    January 8, 2014 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Did anyone see Roemdman's sputtering non-answer when asked about Kenneth Bae's charges? He's just an attention-seeking child.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    You must be joking.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      here's the joke:

      rodman went to korea voluntarily
      bae went to korea voluntarily

      January 8, 2014 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Now, you have got to take into consideration that Rodman is not of our planet. If you doubt that, just watch Men In Black.

    January 8, 2014 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    here's the hypocrisy:

    suddam and obL...whose human rights violattions and dictatorship was overlooked to serve u.s. interests...

    January 8, 2014 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What was Bae's crime? You seem to be in tune with Un.

      January 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      look rodman says it ain't his beef..he's nottah a politician...he's there for the friendship and for the game...leave the man alone...as for bae...im taking the same position as the state depart...crime of stupidity that will be placed on the back burner til it is time for us to renew korea's aid...

      January 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't care if Rodman play BB fir a brutal dictator , but the man should quit acting as if he's doing it for altruistic reasons instead of monetary ones... And he should probably refrain from saying things like "The one thing about politics: Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand. If you understand what Kenneth Bae did — do you understand what he did in this country?" Well, no. That's what we'd like to know.

      January 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Oh gees! Rascal normally i dont criticise you but right now youre making as much sense as Rodman!

    January 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...all im saying is when it serves our foreign policy and military interest united states will crawl into bed with dictators and human right violators...further there was no criticism or fanfare or any psychological assessements called for when bae, of his own discretion, went north korea...even moreso im certain when bae walked out of his door with his suitcase...his family knew and was not appalled...the duplicity here is a amazing...

      January 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    In today's world of leaderships devoid of vision and sagacity and foresight, what would work is unpredictable.
    Perhaps the seemingly crazy antics of a Rodman?

    January 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Rodman is crazy like a fox...but if he can get some answers from his "good friend", that'd be nice.

      January 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    all im saying is bedding dictators and human rights violators is okay in the state depart when it serves foreign and military policy...that bae use the same discretion rodman used...yet the media never smeared bae's character, movtive, nor called his sanity or intellect into question...neither was bae's family members appalled when he informed them honey im going to north korea...even more stupid they probally dropped him off at the airport...soo pleeze!

    January 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Duplicity is the bailiwick of the government. Nothing new there. Still, it would be nice if we found out what Bae was actually held for, and if Rodman could help facilitate that, he should.

      January 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      i disagree...sometimes the olive branch is what it is...an olive branch!

      January 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If he is going to play a peace ambassador , he can find out what Bae is being held for. You can't have it both ways, RR. Either he is a private citizen plying his trade or he is plying an olive branch.

      January 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      no...disagree...rodman isn't there to tell north korea how to run its country and how to redirect their policies...we have diplomats for that...

      January 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sure. Which is why the idea of Rodman extending an olive branch is absurd.

      January 9, 2014 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    We lament and justifiably so the madness of an Un or the antics of an eccentric sportsman but at home remain unaware of craziness reigning up on the Hill.
    "Now 50 senators sign on for putting new sanctions on Iran" under pressure from AIPAC to torpedo US-Iran negotiations.

    January 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      We're not unaware. We're just powerless to do anything unless our last names are either Soros or Koch.

      January 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble

    your puberted views do not impress me...rodman is an american citizen and it is my hope the american people and media would harbor the same seniments and concerns they hold for bae if harm were to come to rodman and his team presenting their goodwill and talents to the north korean

    January 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The US absolutely would take notice if Un were to throw Rodman and his team into prison for no apparent reason, as was done to Bae.

      January 9, 2014 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ghalib

    Why do everyone expect Rodman to take up the case of the jailed US citizen, when US government diplomacy is such a failure. Give him a break!

    January 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Johnathan70

    I kind of agree with Rodman. What was Bae doing over there anyhow?

    January 9, 2014 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Seems to be alot of confusion about Kenneth Bae here. He is korean even tho he was born in the US! He went to Korea to meet some of his relatives for the very first time. However chubby bubba is so insecure he had him jailed with the claim that this one single man was going to overthrow the government! NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WANTS TO BE THE GOVERNMENT of THAT hellpit!

    January 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |