Rodman Fouls Shot At Freeing Kenneth Bae
Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman returned from latest trip to North Korea Monday without imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae, apologizing for his failed effort.
“I’m sorry that I couldn’t do anything,” Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport. “It’s not my fault. I’m sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that’s all I want to do.”
His fourth trip to the isolated Communist regime in the last 12 months proved Americans and North Koreans “can actually get along,” Rodman insisted. His self-described “basketball diplomacy” will continue with another visit next month, when he will return with a team of former NBA players for another game against the North Koreans.
The colorful basketballer’s trip was highlighted by an on-air meltdown over American television when he was asked about possibly getting Bae, who has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to overthrow the North Korean regime. He later apologized for the outburst, saying he had been drinking and under pressure from teammates who wanted to leave.
During his visit, Rodman serenaded North Korean dictator and “friend for life,” Kim Jong Un, with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” before one basketball game. He was also outspoken about his belief that the United States has prison camps similar to North Korea’s gulags, then defended the country’s human rights record and development of nuclear weapons.