Dennis Rodman was on CNN discussing his trip to North Korea with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday morning. Cuomo then asked Rodman about imprisoned American Kenneth Bae.
“Are you going to take an opportunity, if you get it, to speak up for the family of Kenneth Bae and say, ‘Let us know why this man is being held?’ If you can help them, will you take the opportunity?” Cuomo asked.
That is when Rodman lost it and screamed at Cuomo for not recognizing the sacrifice being made by himself and the other former NBA players.
“Kenneth Bae did one thing … If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? … I would love to speak on this.
“You know, you’ve got 10 guys here, 10 guys here, they’ve left their families, they’ve left their damn families, to help this country, as in a sports venture. That’s 10 guys, all these guys here, do anyone understand that? Christmas, New Year’s …
“I don’t give a rat’s ass what the hell you think. I’m saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them … they dared to do one thing, they came here.”
Watch it below:
NBA Commissioner David Stern’s opinion on the matter:
NBA’s David Stern on Rodman trip: “Although sports in many instances can be helpful in bridging cultural divides, this is not one of them.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 7, 2014
Topics: Dennis Rodman