Despite controversy surrounding North Korea’s recent purge of leadership, international peacemaker and Kim Jong-un bestie for life, Dennis Rodman, is carrying on with his plans to travel through North Korea next week and train the nation’s basketball team. He even scheduled an exhibition game in January to celebrate Kim’s birthday, according to reports.
“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.”
Earlier this year, Rodman defended his relationship with Kim that continues to perplex the masses, calling the DPRK leader his “friend for life”.
“I don’t care what you guys think about him. I don’t give a shit what people around the world think about him,” Rodman said. “He’s my friend, and you saw it on the pictures, he’s my friend.”
Kim Jong-un earlier this week ordered the execution of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who once stood behind his nephew flanking the hearse of his father, Kim Jong-il, after his death in 2011—a time in which Jang was thought to have mentored the then-new leader.