Dennis Rodman expected to return to North Korea

Former NBA star, Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is expected to return to North Korea, according to CNN.

This would be Rodman’s first visit to N.Korea, since President Donald Trump took office.

A foreign ministry official who spoke to the AP in Pyongyang confirmed that Rodman was expected to arrive but could not provide details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the ministry had not issued a formal statement.

CNN reported that Rodman was in Beijing, his expected departure point for a flight to the North Korean capital.

In February of 2013, Rodman topped the headlines for making a trip to isolated North Korea, for basketball exhibitions.

Rodman has received the red-carpet treatment on each of his past visits but has been roundly criticized for going to North Korea during a time of high tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over its weapons programs.

In 2014, he arranged a basketball game with other former NBA players and North Koreans and regaled leader Kim Jong Un with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

Rodman has been criticized for failing to use his influence on leaders who are otherwise diplomatically isolated from the rest of the world.

Rodman played in 911 NBA games (573 started), averaging 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He was a two-time All-Star, and won the “Defensive Player of the Year” award twice, in 89-90 and 90-91. He led the NBA in rebounds per game 7 times. Rodman is a Basketball Hall of Famer.


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