The Worm and Kim Fatty the Third. The unlikeliest of friendships…and the world’s saving grace as we teeter on the edge of nuclear warfare? Sounds ridiculous, but Hall of Famer and Bulls legend Dennis Rodman is willing to try.
Appearing on the television show “Good Morning Britain” yesterday, Rodman discussed specifics of his friendship with Kim Jong-Un, the internationally ostracized leader of North Korea. The retired basketball player has visited the dictator several times over the last few years, organizing pickup games and extending an olive branch.
“For me to go over there and see (Kim) as much as I have, I basically hang out with him all the time. We laugh, we sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together. We ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we hardly ever talk politics and that’s the good thing.” – Dennis Rodman
But in his most recent interview overseas, it sounds like Rodman might be willing to finally breach the subject of politics with his pal amid the increasing tension between North Korea and the rest of the world’s leaders.
The Worm was careful to make it known he’s not choosing sides in what is thus far just a war of words and threats between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.
“I don’t love (Kim). I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together.” – Dennis Rodman
Perhaps Rodman sees wrongdoing “on many sides” in this heightened state of global tension? He is a fan of Trump, after all. He gave the president’s book “The Art of the Deal” to North Korea’s sports minister on a recent visit. He also appeared in a season of Trump’s reality show Celebrity Apprentice and formed a friendship with the president when he was merely a business tycoon and TV star.
North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb last weekend, the latest in a series of arms tests led by Kim Jong-Un. With North Korea’s increased weapons activity, Trump warned their leader that they would be met with “fire and fury” the likes of which have never been seen should they continue to provoke international nuclear war.
Rodman was busy winning championships with the Detroit Pistons at the tail end of the Cold War. Now that he has more free time, maybe he could play a larger role in defusing this similarly escalating international standoff.
If The Worm can’t save us from World War III, who can?