Legendary Mike Tyson calls Dennis Rodman traitor


Rodman and Kim, drinkingRetired NBA player Dennis Rodman had a lot of criticism to handle, with all his “basketball diplomacy” in North Korea, and recently even boxer Mike Tyson expressed his views on this whole story.

After Rodman apologized for his comments regarding Kenneth Bae and for flipping out at a CNN anchor this week, the former heavyweight boxing champ has decided to weigh in with his thoughts, CBS reported.

“[Rodman] lost it. They’ll probably arrest him when he gets back in this country. When you see [former NBA player] Charles Smith, who you know is a decent person. I could not believe that Charles Smith would be involved with that, unless it was something advantageous for him,” Tyson said.

“I couldn’t believe, Dennis Rodman, who’s leading the way. Man, it’s such a disappointing factor. It just wasn’t good. And it didn’t help the cause. Look, nobody can stop me from making a fool of myself, but that was some really, some really bad stuff. It wasn’t even funny. It was like, a [fictional] scene. You couldn’t even believe that’s real.”

“If I would have woke up in the middle of that, I would have thought it was a sketch or something. It was really some bad stuff, when you look at it. And he put those other guys in a bad predicament too. They may never get a job to work with, to be involved with the NBA again, for life,” Mike Tyson said.

Tyson seemed upset that Dennis Rodman was trying to defend North Korea, and calling the country’s leader Kim Jong-un his “friend”.

“They’ve got one of our guys over there in prison, and he’s defending them, saying ‘do you know what that guy did?’ Well you don’t either,” Tyson said. “You become his lackey. He must have paid them with money, I’m sure he’s getting paid. I’m sure Dennis is not doing this out of the kindness of his heart.”

Rodman was in North Korea this week visiting his friend Kim Jong-Un, whom he sang happy birthday to while hosting a series of basketball camps with other former NBA players Vin Baker, Kenny Anderson, Clifford Robinson, Doug Christie and Charles Smith.

Rodman has been an outspoken advocate in favor of North Korea and urging the US to ease its diplomatic tensions with the country.

At the same time, Rodman is not the first person to be considered a “traitor” to the United States.

According to Independent.co.uk, there are others, even more popular than Dennis Rodman who were “cuddling with dictators”.

Mariah Carey did a gig in Angola for President Eduardo dos Santos, who has a habit of having dissidents thrown into crocodile-infested rivers, and whose daughter has somehow managed to become Africa’s richest woman.

Beyonce sang for the Gaddafi family, while Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, Lionel Ritchie and Timbaland are others to have taken what activists call “dictator cash” from the fallen Libyan ruling family, though Beyonce, 50 Cent and Furtado later gave their fees to charity.

And there are more – Kanye West sang at a birthday party for the grandson of the Kazakhstan dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev; Jennifer Lopez apologised for singing “Happy Birthday” to the notorious president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymkhamedov; Sting appeared at a festival organised by the daughter of the Uzbek president Islam Karimov; Seal crooned at a birthday party for the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov; and Michael Jackson agreed to make a record with the King of Bahrain’s son (though he was later sued for breach of contract).

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