After a five-day meeting with his ‘buddy’ Kim Jong-Un in North Korea, Rodman arrived at the Beijing International Airport refusing to talk about the release of American citizen Kenneth Bae who was imprisoned in North Korea in 2012.
Bae was captured by North Korean authorities last November on the basis of evidence that he was a conspirator sent by the United States.
Rodman shot down reporters’ questions saying they should address their queries to U.S. President and Secretary of State who he thought were “a**holes.”
“Ask Obama about that, ask Hillary Clinton about that… Ask those a**holes!” Rodman said.
This is not the first time Rodman has visited North Korea. On February 26 this year, the former NBA player traveled to the controversial nation with three players from US basketball team ‘Harlem Globetrotters’ and a documentary film crew. They went to Pyongyang as ‘Ambassadors of Goodwill’ and hoped to have an audience with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Rodman’s friendship with ‘Kim’ was highly publicized. And soon after it was announced that Kenneth Bae had been sentenced to fifteen years hard labor, Rodman requested the North Korean leader to release the U.S. prisoner.
Kim Jong-Un (unsurprisingly) didn’t respond then but people expected some sort of an update on Bae now that Rodman went to meet the North Korean leader personally.
One wonders what prompted Rodman to call Obama and Clinton a**holes though. Maybe he is unhappy with the way the U.S. government has been handling the case. In June, Kenneth Bae’s family told CBS News that the U.S. government was not doing enough to bring him home.
Watch the statement from Dennis Rodman in the video above.