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Dennis Rodman Defends Trip to North Korea and Calls U.S. Abusive

Dennis Rodman and Charles D. Smith during an interview with CNN Chris Cuomo

By Peggy Hunt

Many compared Dennis Rodman’s behavior to a nuclear meltdown in an interview with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday. Rodman was asked about his friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his exhibition basketball game.

“I love my friend. This is my friend,” said Rodman, who was flanked by former NBA player Charles D. Smith and seven other former NBA players who traveled to North Korea this week to play an exhibition game in honor of Kim Jong Un’s birthday.

During the interview with CNN, Smith said, “You are baiting us to get us into a political dialog. We have been doing these games for three and a half years. We are here at the request of the Olympic Committee with other Americans. It is about doing great will around the world. We are doing what we do. We play basketball. We are apologetic. We are not politicians and ambassadors. We did not know it would take this type of negative spin.”

Smith tried to quiet Rodman during the interview. Rodman continued, “No man I got this.”

“You are a free guy behind a mic.” (referring to Cuomo)

“We have to go back to America and take the abuse. Do you sir have to take the abuse that we do?”

“One day doors are going to open because of these ten guys here.”

“The Olympics are played around the world.”

“No one ever questions it.”

“It is about the game.”

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Senator John McCain(R) commented, “Rodman is an idiot and a person of not great intellect. Rodman does not understand that he provides propaganda for the Korean dictator.”

There are also concerns about U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae who has been detained by North Korea for more than a year now and the recent execution of of Kim’s once-powerful uncle.

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