Dennis Rodman bursts into tears during CNN interview over North Korea visit

Dennis Rodman was reduced to a blubbering mess as he recalled his first visit to North Korea.

The former NBA star burst into tears as he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo about the death threats he said followed his controversial journey to meet Kim Jong Un, the leader of the isolated nation, in 2013.

“When I went back home, I got so many death threats,” Rodman cried. “When I came home, I couldn’t even go home. I had to hide out for 30 days. But I kept my head up high, brother. I knew things were going to change.”

Tears could be seen streaming down Rodman’s cheeks as he wore large bug-eyed sunglasses and a “Make America Great Again” hat during the emotional interview.

“I believe in North Korea,” he said.

6 PHOTOS
Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore
See Gallery
Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore
TOPSHOT - Retired American professional basketball player Dennis Rodman speaks to the press as he arrives at Changi International airport ahead of US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 11, 2018. - North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump meet on June 12 for an unprecedented summit in an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War, with the US President calling it a 'one time shot' at peace. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Former basketball player Dennis Rodman arrives at Changi Airport in Singapore, June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Feline Lim
Former basketball player Dennis Rodman arrives at Changi Airport in Singapore, June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Feline Lim
Former basketball player Dennis Rodman arrives at Changi Airport in Singapore, June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Feline Lim
Former basketball player Dennis Rodman arrives at Changi Airport in Singapore, June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Feline Lim
Retired American professional basketball player Dennis Rodman arrives at Changi International airport ahead of US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 11, 2018. - North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump meet on June 12 for an unprecedented summit in an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War, with the US President calling it a 'one time shot' at peace. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Rodman, who fashioned himself into a pseudo-diplomat to the Kim regime, attributed his tears to seeing the historic meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump take place in Singapore.

He dodged questions on whether Kim speaks or understand English, other than to say he the leader is fluent in basketball lingo.

Rodman claims a member of Trump’s White House called him this week to express his thanks for having a role in North Korea talks.

“Donald Trump is so proud of you. He thanks you a lot,” Rodman quoted the unidentified staffer as saying.

In 2014, Trump tweeted that Rodman “was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him.”

“Glad I fired him on Apprentice!”

Read Full Story