Sunday, February 1, 2015
N. Korea Arrests Dennis Rodman
Details are not yet forthcoming, but rumors coming from South Korean News outlets are that Rodman was involved in a verbal exchange with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un. The North Korean leader, who many around the world see as a dictator, confronted Rodman on his interview on US news outlet CNN.
The interview yesterday went horribly for Rodman, and had many in the US speaking about allegations of brain washing. Jay Leno and other late night comedians even took jabs at Rodman for his embarrassing performance.
Rodman is in Korea with his team of retired NBA All-Stars, which include Kenny Anderson and Cliff Robinson, to participate in an exhibition match Wednesday to celebrate leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday. Rodman is now on his fourth visit, to North Korea in which the media has dubbed “basketball diplomacy”. Rodman says he won’t talk politics with Kim, who he has called a “friend for life”.
“People say so many negative things about North Korea. And I want people in the world to see it’s not that bad,” Rodman told the Associate Press in Beijing before leaving for Pyongyang Monday.
“Whatever he does political-wise, that’s not my job. I’m just an athlete, an individual who wants to go over there and play something for the world,” he told reporters at the airport in Beijing, Reuters reports.
But obviously something in their relationship has gone horribly soul, as Rodman’s “friend for life” has imprisoned him for sedition.
Sedition is a very serious crime in North Korea, it is defined as “incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.” and can include such sentences as life imprisonment or even death in North Korea.