Just last week, Kim Jong Un’s ex girlfriend was reportedly execµted by a firing squad for violating North Korea’s laws against p@rnography. Singer Hyon Song-wol and 11 others were rounded up and taken out by the official government of North Korea, but that hasn’t stopped former NBA player Dennis Rodman from cozying up to the North Korean leader.
According to the Associated Press, Rodman is back in Pyongyang to hang out with his “good friend” Kim Jong Un. A U.S. envoy had scheduled a visit with the North Korean leader in hopes of bringing hostage Kenneth Bae home, but the authoritarian state called off the visit after the U.S. conducted a military drill in South Korea.
Speaking to reporters, Rodman declined any discussion on whether he’d work to bring Bae home, saying only that he was going to North Korea to “hang out” with his new friend.
“I just want to meet my friend Kim, the marshal, and start a basketball league over there or something like that,” said the flamboyant Rodman. “I have not been promised anything. I am just going there as a friendly gesture.”
Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in November and Rodman once asked the North Korean leader on Twitter to do him a “solid” and release Bae. Rodman made it clear though that this visit was not a diplomatic trip.
“I’m not there to be a diplomat. I’m there to go there and just have a good time, sit with (Kim) and his family, and that’s pretty much it,” Rodman said
Rodman first met with Kim, who is reportedly a huge basketball fan, back in February.