Ex-NBA player Rodman leads team to play in North Korea, says he loves Kim Jong Un
BEIJING (AFP) - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman headed to Pyongyang on Monday with a group of former NBA players, saying he will not raise concerns about repression in North Korea because leader Kim Jong Un is his friend and he loves him.
The eccentric ex-Chicago Bulls player is leading a team including retired NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker for an exhibition game against North Korea, which is being held on Wednesday to mark Kim's birthday.
Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport that he hoped the match could "open the doors" to "talk about certain things".
"But I am not going to sit there and go 'Hey guy, you are doing the wrong thing. That is not the right way to do it. He is my friend first... and I love him," Rodman said, sprinkling his comments with expletives.