Dennis Rodman visits North Korea

Most people remember Dennis Rodman as one of Michael Jordan’s teammates on the famous Chicago Bulls. Rodman, being retired from the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 years, has once again made headlines due to his recent trip to North Korea.

Rodman visited the troublesome country with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a film crew, because they were in the process of creating a documentary. Upon the arrival of his flight, Rodman tweeted, “I come in peace. I love the people of North Korea!”

Rodman and his group stayed in Pyongyang for a week, and during that week, they seem to have befriended Kim Jong-un, the country’s dictator. After watching a basketball exhibition which consisted of North Korea’s all-stars and the Globetrotters, Kim invited Rodman and his crew over to party at his house.

Kim is said to be a life-long basketball fan, and there is a trending picture of him wearing a Bulls’ Dennis Rodman jersey as a young adult. Rodman has said he is “honored to represent The United States of America.”

This bizarre trip seems unreal because of the current relations between North Korea and the rest of the world after it conducted a nuclear test just weeks ago.

During the trip, Rodman paid tribute to statues of the former despots of North Korea, Kim Jong-un’s father and grandfather. He has told media, “[Kim] is an awesome kid.” He has also said that Kim is a “friend for life.”

On a political standpoint, Rodman has said that he is not there to be an ambassador. However, many hope that this strange trip has made the world one step closer to North Korea’s dictatorship.

Rodman wanted to give his own thoughts on his trip via twitter. “I’m not a politician. Kim Jung-un and North Korean people are basketball fans. I love everyone. Period. End of story.”

Dennis Rodman watching a basketball game with Kim Jong-un.