Tearful Dennis Rodman says he 'took bullets' for Kim friendship

Leroy Wright
June 12, 2018

The rebounding champ has for years visited North Korea, striking up an unlikely friendship with NK leader (and massive basketball fan) Kim Jong Un, in a series of pro-diplomacy overtures that - while decidedly controversial at times - look to have actually helped clinch this week's historic talks.

Rodman says he's good mates with Trump, appearing on the former reality star's show Celebrity Apprentice in 2009 (he was sacked for spelling Melania's name wrong).

"I got death threats, I got so many death threats while I was sitting there protecting everything and I believed in North Korea", a teary Mr Rodman told CNN from Singapore on Tuesday, wearing sunglasses and a "Make America Great Again" hat.

Potcoin, as endorsed by National Basketball Association superstar Dennis Rodman is a currency well associated with North Korean based media attention, with Potcoin actually paying Rodman to travel to North Korea to help advertise the cannabis-based cryptocurrency in 2017. I want to see us get along. Rodman said Obama "just brushed me off" and "didn't even give me the time of day". Even though I couldn't do it, I knew if I fail now there is going to be a problem. "I don't need to worry about the war stuff, I don't know anything about that". "And I've said to people all along, those people have never showed any animosity, any aggression, any antagonizing ways that have proved me wrong", he added. This trip to Singapore, like the last one, is sponsored by potcoin.com, the crypto-currency provider for the legal marijuana industry, Rodman said on Twitter. "He wants to come to America and enjoy his life".

"Kim Jong Un is not a dumb man", Rodman, one of the only Americans to have built a relationship with Kim, stressed. And today is a great day for everybody.

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White House and Trump himself had earlier said that former-basketball player wasn't invited for the summit. "He thanks you a lot.' And that means a lot", said Rodman.

Trump landed in Singapore a little after 8:30 p.m. local time for the highly-anticipated meeting with the North Korean leader, which is set to take place on Tuesday. They do also seem to have a side project, which uses Rodman to promote peace, love and unity.

He had also visited North Korea twice in 2013.

Rodman said Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, "understands bits and pieces", of English. "He is trying to protect his people and trying to protect his honor and everything that has to do with his country".

While Rodman was hopeful and grateful for the summit, he pointed out correctly that it's just the start of what will be a long process.

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