Yep: Dennis Rodman’s next basketball diplomacy trip to North Korea still a go

posted at 6:51 pm on December 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I mentioned this story in the Green Room earlier today, but the whole thing is so bizarre and gruesome, and certainly has enough possible implications for the future of North Korea, that I think it warrants a bigger slot.

Late Thursday night, reports started to emerge that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un had suddenly had his mentor/adviser/uncle-by-marriage and at least several of his aides executed, with the state’s official media deeming him “despicable human scum” who was “worse than a dog” and “a traitor for all ages.” The NYT has more:

Perhaps one of the most intriguing details in North Korea’s announcement of the execution of Jang Song-thaek, the uncle and presumed mentor of the leader Kim Jong-un, was what its state-run news media reported that Mr. Jang said while confessing to plotting to overthrow Mr. Kim’s government.

“I was going to stage the coup by using army officers who had close ties with me or by mobilizing armed forces under the control of my confidants,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency on Friday quoted Mr. Jang as having said on Thursday during his court-martial. “I thought the army might join in the coup if the living of the people and service personnel further deteriorate in the future.”

It could not be independently confirmed whether Mr. Jang, long considered a champion of a Chinese-style economic overhaul in North Korea, actually made such a statement or whether the government made up the assertion to justify his execution. But the long list of crimes that Mr. Jang and his followers were accused of having committed was tantamount to a highly unusual admission of what analysts said could be a serious and bloody power struggle over economic and other policies inside the impoverished but nuclear-armed country.

What exactly is going on here? “Press freedom” isn’t really a thing in North Korea, so pinning down the background information here is a tough task. Is Kim losing his grip on power, and desperately trying to demonstrate and consolidate it? Is he trying to shake off the old-school senior leadership in his cabinet and prove himself? Was this merely the end result of a sordid family drama over some crazy love triangle?

Whatever the reasoning (or lack thereof) behind it all, we can at least rest assured that Dennis Rodman’s next date with his BFF is still on. Evidently, not even the possible shakeup of the NorK’s authoritarian political structure is enough to faze this bromance made in hell — and really, why would it? If mass crimes against humanity and a couple of nuclear bomb threats here and there weren’t enough to do the trick, I don’t know why a few wanton political executions would change things, either. Via Politico:

Dennis Rodman plans to travel to North Korea next week to train its basketball team, a trip unaffected by the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle. …

Rodman considers Kim a close friend and has a long-scheduled trip that starts Monday to train the national team. Rodman also has organized an exhibition game in January in Pyongyang to celebrate Kim’s birthday. …

“Yes, I’m going to North Korea to train the basketball team,” he told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m going to bring American players over there. Yes I am. I’m going to be the most famous person in the world when you see American people holding hands and hoping the doors can be opened. If they can. If they can. If they can. I’m going. I’m going back for his birthday. Special.”


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Buh Bye.

Take Brooks with you.

WryTrvllr on December 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I hear Rodman is going to take his uncle with him this time. I don’t know why, though.

Wino on December 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Say uncle!

AllahsNippleHair on December 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Every Rodman thread needs a link to his father’s story.

Flange on December 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

i think this is all about sex for rodman. they have whole teams of girls “selected” as early as 9 or 10 years old and just plucked from schools to be “pleasure girls” for the “elites” and i am sure kim provided rodman with all he could imagine and more, which is what rodman is likely enticing other american basketballers over there with.

so rodman is essentially using slaves as far as i am concerned. he should be regarded as such.

truecon on December 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Can Rodman assemble the members of the Film Actors Guild and take them with him?

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Sweet Boinking Bippys,…does RodMan not read the
freagging News,…

its NorthKoreanPurgation Season!

AnyBody and AnyThing, at a moments notice can
get, and become Purged!!

canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Well…won’t have to bring a gift for the uncle this time. One less thing to worry about.

dont taze me bro on December 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Dennis Rodman plans to travel to North Korea next week to train its basketball team, a trip unaffected by the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle. …

Well, Uncle Jang was only related by marriage.

Happy Nomad on December 13, 2013 at 7:12 PM

i think this is all about sex for rodman. they have whole teams of girls “selected” as early as 9 or 10 years old and just plucked from schools to be “pleasure girls” for the “elites”
(snip)
so rodman is essentially using slaves as far as i am concerned. he should be regarded as such.

truecon on December 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

It is more prevalent than most people would believe. When I was in Song Tan (South Korea, near the DMZ), I was continually approached by an old hag who knew only the following English, to my knowledge: “You want young girl, pretty girl?”

A Frenchman in the same hotel accompanied her. His story was that after winding through some alleyways – with the Frenchman starting to wonder if he was about to be mugged by some accomplices – she took him to a door. Once inside, he said it was filled with little girls such as you described.

He stated he then left. I cannot vouch for any more of the story than the fact that the lady with the limited English did indeed exist. That being said, I do not doubt for a minute its veracity.

Wino on December 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Watch out for stray mortar rounds, Worm.

Philly on December 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

by using army officers who had close ties with me or by mobilizing armed forces under the control of my confidants

Sounds like a lot more folks and their families need killing, just to be safe. Kim is going to be constantly distracted during the visit, signing warrants. Dennis will probably spend a lot of time watching the shark in the big aquarium.

BL@KBIRD on December 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Someone should concoct an elaborate hoax claiming the reason Rodman travels there is to spy for the CIA. Good times.

Alinsky on December 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

♫Bassaball jones. I gotta bassaball jones.

I gotta bassaball jones ooooo-oooh-oooooooooo.♫

viking01 on December 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

…is he going to wear his wedding dress?

KOOLAID2 on December 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Someone should concoct an elaborate hoax claiming the reason Rodman travels there is to spy for the CIA. Good times.

Alinsky on December 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Better, front the rumor that Rodman goes there to secretly spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

Happy Nomad on December 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

You don’t think Dennis Rodman is a CIA informant, do you?

portlandon on December 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Happy Nomad on December 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Lol, you’re right, that is way more clever.

Alinsky on December 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

You don’t think Dennis Rodman is a CIA informant, do you?

portlandon on December 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Given that the “I” in CIA stands for intelligence, no I do not.

Happy Nomad on December 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

“Press freedom” isn’t really a thing in North Korea

It really isn’t a thing here either – they’re just the propaganda organ of the DNC.

Rebar on December 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Dennis. This is your dick calling. Don’t do it man! .

papertiger on December 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Dennis Rodman is one hideously ugly sucker – outside and in.

VorDaj on December 13, 2013 at 7:49 PM

You don’t think Dennis Rodman is a CIA informant, do you?

portlandon on December 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Given that the “I” in CIA stands for intelligence, no I do not.

Happy Nomad on December 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Yes, I think even under affirmative action the CIA requires an IQ of at least 60.

VorDaj on December 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Visitors from the US who visit places like North Korea, Iran, and Burma have a way of ending up in prison on trumped up charges or just “disappear” when the regime either disapproves what they are doing, or as a political tool to blackmail the US for concessions on their latest caper.

If Rodman ends up in either situation, too bad. He deserves what he gets.

simkeith on December 13, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Is he muling drugs to or from N. Korea?

I don’t get it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Sweet Boinking Bippys,…does RodMan not read the
freagging News,…

its NorthKoreanPurgation Season!

AnyBody and AnyThing, at a moments notice can
get, and become Purged!!

While I would never openly wish for such a thing, I can still tell you with an unswerving steadiness, I would shed not one single tear.

Flyovercountry on December 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Don’t forget your bulletproof vest!

Stupid moron!

NavyMustang on December 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Wino on December 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

well, that is not what i meant, i just meant they more or less kidnapped them young and then trained them for “service” which probably starts at 15 or 16. but i believe it all ways at that insane asylum of a country.

i was visiting china recently and my friend pointed out some north koreans, which i wondered how she knew, and she pointed to the pins they each wore with kim jong il or sun or one of them on it. they make the chinese government seem normal by comparison.

truecon on December 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Unless Rodman is a public relations CIA decoy, drawing attention away from some clandestine disinformation campaign, I hope he stays in NoKo forever, most especially if there’s a bloody power struggle going on.

RebeccaH on December 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Kim would never off Rodman. Rodman is the only “human” on the planet that makes Kim look normal in comparison.

Deano1952 on December 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Is Kim losing his grip on power….

I certainly hope so. (As I do concerning EVERY despot in all governments in this world. *cough*)

Rodman is and always was a bit touched in the head, but this reeks of desperation to keep his name in the news, even taking the chance that he somehow doesn’t make the nutcase in N.K. feel put down, ignored, or otherwise insulted.

*desperation*

avagreen on December 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Rodman, of course, is nutty as a fruitcake.

Kim and the Norks believe that since Rodman was an NBA All-Star, he remains some sort of sports hero and icon in the US and has propaganda value. They clearly don’t realize that Rodman has been nothing but a laughingstock ever since he retired.

Adjoran on December 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I met Rodman once in Italy…he was dressed “normally” beige pants and beige polo shirt..not a lot of tats..at least ,that I could see. and he was very nice..ended up going into the same restaurant with us..that being said..maybe he was over the top then..but now he is just a pathetic idiot..I wonder now that this happened..if any of the other players will opt out ..it is going to be interesting , in any case, to see who goes.

Xango Annie on December 14, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Like I’ve said before, I’m rather amused that Krazy Kim III has found a new bestest buddy in Rodman. I’m still watching to see if Rodman does something accidentally positive for the world-at-large with this friendship.

Who knows for sure? Both men are just goofy enough, it could happen.

BillH on December 14, 2013 at 2:34 AM

For anyone with an interest in learning more about the insane evil that is North Korea I highly recommend these two books:

“Escape From Camp 14″ by Blaine Harden

“Nothing to Envy” by Barbara Demick

Trafalgar on December 14, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Yep: Dennis Rodman’s next basketball diplomacy trip to North Korea still a go

This is the result of taking too many basketballs to his head.

rukiddingme on December 15, 2013 at 2:39 AM