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Rodman's ex-NBA team arrives in NKorea for game

Dennis Rodman Names Former NBA Players Headed To N. Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Monday with a team of fellow former NBA players for an exhibition game on leader Kim Jong Un's birthday, after saying he wants to show that North Korea isn't so bad.

The flamboyant Hall of Famer arrived in the North Korean capital from Beijing with a squad of a dozen former basketball stars including Vin Baker and Cliff Robinson in what Rodman calls "basketball diplomacy," although U.S. officials have criticized his efforts.

"It's about trying to connect two countries together in the world, to let people know that, do you know what? Not every country in the world is that bad, especially North Korea," Rodman told The Associated Press in an interview in Beijing before his flight to North Korea.

"People say so many negative things about North Korea. And I want people in the world to see it's not that bad."

The U.S. is at odds with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, and Rodman has been faulted for not talking about North Korea's human rights record, described as one of the world's worst by activists, the U.S. State Department and North Korean defectors.

Defectors have repeatedly testified about the government's alleged use of indiscriminate killings, rapes, beatings and prison camps holding as many as 120,000 people deemed opponents of authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to rule.

The U.S. players are to compete in an exhibition game against a North Korean team on Wednesday, Kim's birthday.

"Somehow we have to get along, and no matter what disagreements or what discrepancy we have in life," Rodman said. "It's like saying: Why do we have the Olympics? When everyone comes together in the Olympics, there's no problems. That's what I'm doing. That's all I'm doing."

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susandean714 January 06 2014 at 11:03 AM

Rodman is just like the rest of us now and can't deal with it. He is insignificant and nobody really cares about what he does. He should just live there. At least he would be taller than anyone else. What an igmo. Keep him please.

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Paul susandean714 January 06 2014 at 11:40 AM

I am sure he has not seen all the starving N Koreans

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rcpaf83 January 06 2014 at 12:10 PM

If he could live in or even visit just one of their many prison camps for a few days he may change his mind... He has only seen what they are allowing him to see !! Overall, he is blinded by his own self absorption !!!! AIN'T GOT A CLUE about reality in North Korea....

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abetheturboguy January 06 2014 at 12:19 PM

All these x pro's are loosers, who is paying for them, they have all pissed away there money.

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billie1867 abetheturboguy January 06 2014 at 2:30 PM

who do you yhink? the us gov. snap program welfare un employment and any thing else free

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lowtechknowtech January 06 2014 at 12:24 PM

Hopefully they'll finally keep Rodman in North Korea for good.

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wrigeo January 06 2014 at 12:31 PM

If I were Rodman, being where he is, I don"t think I would be pushing for a winning team.

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Mark/Pat Grogan January 06 2014 at 12:42 PM

If he likes it over there so much why does'nt he move his ass over there for good. He's a Trader in my book.

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Dr. J. P. Price January 06 2014 at 12:43 PM

What people wont do for attention. World politics should be left to those that see the entire picture. Rodman says North Korea isn't that bad, yet Kim Jong just had his uncle and 250 other people killed. The people there are enslaved. What is Dennis thinking.

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nojohnnyno January 06 2014 at 12:43 PM

little Kim is torturing and starving his own people. All of these American asked all players should be ashamed of themselves. Traitors to humanity.

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trs51061 January 06 2014 at 12:47 PM

hope the game dont go to the dogs.

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skyhawk72k January 06 2014 at 12:47 PM

Rodman is a fail-passive sociopath. Like many other people in positions of fame and fortune, he would never fully understand, if even recognize, the plight and suffering of others. They see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. People like Rodman are unable to empathize with the pain of others which is made easy by ignoring the circumstances around them. They may even publicly claim outrage at the particular calamity befalling an individual but their eloquent humane reaction should not be accepted as sincere. By the way, do you know where the largest concentration of fail-passive sociopaths is found? Politics.

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