Dennis Rodman: I didn't know I'd talk to Kim Jong-un when I went to North Korea

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Dennis Rodman: I didn't know I'd talk to Kim Jong-un when I went to North Korea

LOS ANGELES â€" Basketballer Dennis Rodman had no idea, on his first trip to North Korea, that he’d be talking international diplomacy with Kim Jong-un.

He thought it was just another autograph-signing paycheck.

“And this is the funny part. I said yes because â€" this is funny â€" because I thought it was another paying gig,” Rodman confessed Saturday at the Politicon conference in Los Angeles.

Rodman remains the one individual in the center of a Venn diagram between President Trump â€" who he appeared with on “Celebrity Apprentice” â€" and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he befriended in his handful of trips.

He continues to take credit for the two leaders meeting in Singapore in June.

“I’m not really deep into politics, but I love to create politics. Like the North Korea thing. I created that,” Rodman said Saturday.

Though during a Q&A on Saturday, Rodman suggested he created the Trump-Un bromance by accident.

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Rodman said that he didn’t know anything about the Hermit Kingdom when he agreed to a trip in March 2013. Rodman said the North Koreans had called the front office of the Chicago Bulls and asked that Michael Jordan visit.

“And Michael said, ‘Hell no,’” Rodman recalled.

Rodman’s name was then floated as a secondary option. Rodman said he signed on because he thought it was a publicity trip where he would be taking pictures, signing autographs and kissing babies.

Rodman said he also wasn’t familiar with Kim. “I ha d never seen a picture of him at all,” he said. When Kim arrived at a basketball-themed event, Rodman was miffed at the people’s reaction to the arrival of their leader.

“Next thing you know, 20,000 people stood up and clapped. And I’m thinking it’s for me,” Rodman said.

“I look over to my left. It’s a short guy,” Rodman recalled, saying one of the North Koreans explained to him that Kim was the “supreme leader.”

Rodman was still left scratching his head. “Who is this guy? Is he the president or something? [Eventually] it started hitting me who this guy is,” Rodman said.

Rodman described Kim as “funny as hell,” though he said he didn’t speak English.

“He loves basketball. We played a game … we’d water ski, jet ski, snowboard. We’d do everything.”

Would the “supreme leader” wear his “suit,” asked the forum’s moderator Toure.

“Not in the suit,” Rodman replied. “No, he has shorts, t-shirts, stuff like that.”

The basketball star also divulged Kim’s other favorite hobbies.

“He watched a lot of movies. He played Donkey Kong, Pac-Man. He plays a lot of cool things. Old games though,” Rodman said.

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Throughout the interview, Rodman kept himself at an arm’s length from both Kim â€" and Trump’s â€" policies.

“My whole purpose … I’m not there for politics,” he said of his North Korea trips. “Do you get that? I’m there for sports. Trying to connect two countries together in sports.”

“I’m not over there trying to ask the guys don’t chop his head off, don’t shoot your brother or sister,” Rodman added.

Repeating the bouts of emotion he showed during his Singapore sit-down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Rodman briefly choked up when talking about Otto Warmbier, the American who died at North Korea’s hands.

“They blamed me because he died,” Rodman said.

As for Trump, Rodman defended him, though wouldn’t sign on to his agenda.

“Everyone thinks Donald Trump is racist; I don’t think so,” Rodman said. “I support Donald Trump as a friend, and what he does as president, I can’t control that.”

Source: Google News North Korea | Netizen 24 North Korea

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