NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is making headlines, not for anything solely basketball-related, but for diplomacy. On his twitter, he publicly called on Kim Jong Eun to release US citizen Kenneth Bae, who, just last month, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor by the North Korean government.
Here is the tweet…
Rodman has been praised for his efforts of fostering a friendly relationship with the young dictator of the often unstable North Korea. Using their mutual love of basketball, they became quick friends when Rodman initially visited during February.
He and Globetrotters Bull Bullard, Buckets Blakes and Moose Weekes made the trip, and spent time in the isolated country. They apparently watched (Rodman)/participated (Globetrotters) in an exhibition match that was held in Pyongyang. Overall, this visit was especially beneficial due to ever-increased tensions between North Korea and the US due to the former’s continuing involvement with its nuclear program.
Rodman is not an official diplomat and also does not consider himself a politician. Still, his amiable relations with North Korea may have a chance at releasing Kenneth Bae. Hopefully Kim Jong Eun will find a means to reply to Rodman’s message.