Dennis Rodman, international embarrassment and ‘friend for life’ of family-executing authoritarians, just left North Korea and totally didn’t even get to hang out with Kim Jong Un. It’s like they’re barely even trying for ‘ding dong diplomacy‘ any more.
Rodman was in the country to coach the North Korean basketball team, which he described as “awesome.” Although the worm missed his pal on this week’s adventure, it looks as though he’ll be headed back soon; Rodman spoke to CNN and said:
“No, I’m not worried about it. I’ll see him again,” the 52-year-old Rodman told CNN, adding that his goal was to try out the local players and prepare for the game.
“I will be coming back in another week.”
Rodman has described Kim as a “very good guy” in the past despite international condemnation of the country’s human rights record.
The China Daily also got some quotes from Rodman after his return from the DPRK, where he said:
“It was awesome, man,” he said of the training he conducted.
Rodman intends to return to Pyongyang in January with a team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars to hold basketball games on Kim’s birthday.
“We’re going to be playing in two weeks,” he said.
Rodman’s trips have been sponsored by “Paddy Power,” an online betting company that has recently “reviewed the [Rodman/Kim friendship tour] project and, with the benefit of hindsight, recognized that we got this one wrong.” Poor Kim Jong Un; no friends, an ever-shrinking family (well, that’s his fault), and nothing to bring joy to his life except for weird bunkers made entirely of fish.