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Current Event Cat of the Day: Dennis “Rehab” Rodman

Current Event Cat - Dennis Rodma Rehab 

After surprising everyone with a year of wacky behaviour, which included becoming best friends with a dictator and leading a tone-deaf rendition of Happy Birthday to said leader, Dennis Rodman has made a not-so surprising choice: rehab.

The former NBA star and latest BFF of Kim Jong Un has checked into an alcohol-rehabilitation center after facing a fair amount of backlash for his multiple visits to North Korea.

“Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally. The pressure that was put on him to be a combination ‘super human’ political figure and ‘fixer’ got the better of him,” his agent said in a written statement. “He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”

The 52-year-old has been criticized for a series of blunders in North Korea including ignoring North Korea’s human rights abuses, appearing drunk on CNN, suggesting American Kenneth Bae was to blame for his own incarceration, and worst (best?) of all singing “Happy Birthday” to Kim Jong Un Marilyn Monroe style.

According to his agent, Rodman went on an epic North Korean bender during his recent basketball diplomacy trip, drinking to “a level that none of us had seen before.”

Rodman is currently at a facility in New Jersey for a 30 day program, although a stint in a North Korean labour camp might be a more effective solution. After all, his 2008 rehab stint and 2009 appearance on “Celebrity Rehab” didn’t seem to do the trick.

Via: CNN & Current Event Cats

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Dennis Rodman Apologizes, Blames Comments on Drunken Stupor

Dennis Rodman Apologizes

According a statement from Dennis Rodman’s public relations firm (which means Dennis Rodman probably had nothing to do with it), the former NBA star is apologizing for comments he made about imprisoned U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae.

After receiving criticism for his outburst during a CNN interview, Dennis Rodman’s PR team, who have been working double overtime for the past year, decided it was time to step in and write him an apology statement.

“I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family,” Rodman supposedly said in a statement released Thursday by his publicist.

I embarrassed a lot of people. I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”

Dennis Rodman’s PR team said that Rodman had been having a stressful day when he made the comments suggesting Kenneth Bae deserved his 15-year sentence. They also revealed that he had been drinking before the CNN interview.

“Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates,” he said, adding that his dream of “basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart”.

I had been drinking,” he continued. “It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed.”

Blaming embarrassing behaviour on a drunken stupor? Stop stealing poorly thought out PR tactics from Toronto’s crack smoking mayor!

Now that the apology is out of the way, Rodman is headed to North Korea’s new, multimillion-dollar ski resort with his BFF Kim Jong Un, presumably to marvel at what a waste of money it was and ski with the 5 other people in North Korea who know how to.

Via: The Globe and Mail

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Dennis Rodman Singing Happy Birthday

Current Event Cat - Rodman Happy Birthday

He’s no Marilyn Monroe, but Dennis Rodman led a stunning rendition of Happy Birthday to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which was slightly more coherent than his recent interview on CNN.

Dennis Rodman and a bunch of former NBA players he recruited (who are probably already regretting their decision) are in North Korea to play basketball in honour of Kim Jong Un’s birthday. The US basketball star sang Happy Birthday to Kim Jong Un in front of a crowd of thousands in the capital before leading the squad of former NBA stars in a friendly game of basketball. Rodman, who is apparently tone deaf, stopped short of going into the “how old are you now” verse, as the North Korean leader’s official birthday and age have never been confirmed.

But the crowd in the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium ate it up, clapping and waving as Rodman sang Happy Birthday to his self-proclaimed “best friend”. It is not clear yet whether the audience was clapping because they loved the song or if they were clapping because not doing so would be instant execution.

rodman koreaTo keep the game friendly, the Americans played against the North Korean team in the first half, but split up and merged teams for the second half. Presumably the Americans let the North Koreans will the first half, as they scored 47 points to 39. Rodman opted to only play the first half and spent the rest of the match sitting next to the birthday boy.

“A lot of people have expressed different views about me and your leader, your marshal, and I take that as a compliment,” Rodman told the crowd. “Yes, he is a great leader, he provides for his people here in this country and thank God the people here love the marshal.”

Rodman, who is on his fourth trip to North Korea in a much ridiculed “basketball diplomacy” mission, is no stranger to controversy. Tattoos and piercings aside, Rodman has been criticized for being chummy chummy with Kim Jong Un given his less than stellar human rights record and constant nuclear threats.

In a recent interview with CNN, Rodman was once again pressed about using his sway over Kim Jong Un to help release Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in May 2013. In an incoherent ramble, a visibly angry Rodman seemed to imply that Bae was at fault for being held captive, telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo:

“The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand, if you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did? In this country? You tell me. You tell me. Why is he held captive?”

I wonder what he’ll be saying when Kim Jong Un finally gets bored of his new toy and locks him up in a labour camp?

Via: CTV News

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Dennis Rodman Heads to North Korea for Some More Basketball Diplomacy

Kim Jong-un and Dennis Rodman watch a basketball game in Pyongyang

Not even the recent purge/execution of Kim Jong-un’s uncle could put a damper on the blossoming friendship between the North Korean leader and the washed up basketball star.

Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea for the third time on Thursday to train the national team and engage in some basketball diplomacy. The aging star and his documentary crew are scheduled to spend four days in the communist country helping to train a team of North Korean basketball players for a January exhibition in Pyongyang.

The January 8 exhibition is a very important one because it will celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader and Dennis Rodman bestie, Kim Jong-un. The match between North Korea and a group of ex-NBA players will certainly be an exciting one – the losing side gets purged. And a word of warning to the audience – you’d better clap until your hands are raw, because half-hearted clapping is grounds for execution in North Korea.

But Dennis Rodman doesn’t care. The ex-NBA player told reporters he doesn’t fear for his safety in North Korea.

“I mean, whatever his uncle has done, and whoever’s done anything in North Korea, I have no control over that. I mean, these things have been going on for years and years and years,” he told Reuters news agency.

“I’m just going over there to do a basketball game and have some fun,” he added.

While Rodman refused to talk politics with Kim Jong-un, including asking for American Kenneth Bae’s release, he reiterated his hope that basketball diplomacy would bring the feuding nations together.

“I hope this is going to engage American people, especially Obama, to just to try to talk to them,” he said.

The response from the U.S?

Dennis Rodman is not a representative of the US government in his trip to North Korea,” US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Tuesday.

“We need to focus on what’s really important here when it comes to North Korea… the brutality of the North Korean regime he’s going to meet.”

Maybe the U.S. will luck out on this trip and Rodman will quietly disappear… like Kim Jong-un’s uncle.

Via: BBC News

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Dennis Rodman to the Rescue – Again!

Dennis Rodman and His BFF

Dennis Rodman has asked Kim Jong-un to “do him a solid” and release American Kenneth Bae.

South Korean born Kenneth Bae was sentenced last week to 15 years of hard labour for taking pictures of starving children in North Korea. The American citizen was a tour operator who had been to the north several times before. North Korea believed he was using his tour company to bring Christian missionaries into the isolated country in an effort to topple Kim Jong-un.

Since former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have already done their parts to free detained Americans in North Korea, Dennis Rodman decided it was his turn to step in. And why not? He is BFFs with Kim Jong-un.

And what better way to reach out to a dictator of a country with severely limited Internet access than through Twitter. The former NBA star/current diplomat extraordinaire took to Twitter to ask the North Korean leader to release Bae.

Dennis Rodman Tweet

Rodman’s bestfriendship with the dictator began back in March when the basketball player paid a visit to North Korea. The two buds cemented their friendship while watching basketball and ignoring human rights.

No response yet from Kim Jong-un though. Perhaps Rodman should negotiate a trade: courtside Bulls tickets for the release of Bae. Bulls for Bae! It’s got a nice ring to it.

Via: Politico

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Dennis Rodman is on a Diplomatic Mission to Save the World. Or F*ck it up.

Dennis Rodman Wants the Pope

Fresh off his recent success easing the escalating tensions between North Korea and every other country, Dennis Rodman now has his sights set on Rome, and in particular, the Pope.

Reports have surfaced that Rodman, North Korea’s favourite washed up NBA star and self-appointed diplomat, is flying to Rome in hopes of sitting down with the new Pope (who has yet to even be elected…).

Rodman will be landing late tonight but says his “people” are already in Rome trying to negotiate a meeting. Rodman hopes to get there in time to see the magic white pope smoke, and given that there is no current pope frontrunner, it’s unlikely the smoke will appear before Rodman’s arrival.

However, unless the new pope is as big of a basketball fan as his best friend Kim Jong-un, I don’t think Rodman should get his hopes up. It’s unlikely the pope will be jumping at the chance to meet a body art aficionado once romantically linked to Madonna.

As for the purpose of his mission?

“I want to be anywhere in the world that I’m needed … I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world.”

And you thought you were done hearing about Dennis Rodman….

Via: TMZ

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The Odd Couple: Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un are Besties

Dennis Rodman

In what could be one of the oddest pairings ever, Dennis Rodman, former NBA star and body modification aficionado, met with North Korean Supreme Leader (his words, not mine) Kim Jong-un and are now “friends”.

Dennis Rodman visited North Korea last week on a two-day trip alongside the Harlem Globetrotters and VICE magazine staffers, who filmed the trip for a HBO documentary. In post-Pyongyang interviews, Rodman had some interesting / bizarre things to say about his experience with Kim Jong-Un. No mention of human rights abuses though.

“I love him. He’s awesome,”

“You know, he’s a good guy to me. Guess what? He’s my friend.”

“What I saw in that country … I saw that people respect him and his family.”

Rodman also offered up his solution to the ongoing US-North Korea tensions:

“He wants Obama to do one thing: call him … “[Kim Jong-Un] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said: ‘Obama loves basketball.’ Let’s start there.”

But alas, not even Dennis Rodman’s hard-on for Kim Jong-Un could keep North Korea from hating on America. The country’s Army spokesman announced today that North Korea would cancel its 1953 ceasefire agreement with South Korea amid speculation that China is collaborating with the U.S. on a series of harsh resolutions to be circulated at the U.N. The agreement between China and the U.S. on the draft sanctions is seen as a sign that China, a longtime ally of North Korea, has grown increasingly unhappy with the regime’s behavior. Perhaps it was all that nuclear testing.

If only this could be settled on the basketball court….

Via: The Guardian

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