Ex-player, Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman recently told TMZ that he played a crucial role in bringing imprisoned American Kenneth Bae back home from North Korea.
To make sure his statement would be taken seriously, Rodman even showed a letter he sent to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, regarding Bae.
Rodman said he sent a letter to the dictator back in January after returning home from his North Korean basketball tour.
In the letter, Dennis states, “I understand the crimes [Bae] committed, and ask you my dear friend, the highly respected Marshall Kim Jong Un for his release to show my country how loving and compassionate you and the DPRK can be.”
“I ask for your mercy to prisoner Kenneth Bae and would be eternally grateful for his safe return and make a big step towards bridging the gap between our two nations,” Rodman’s letter said.
Bae has been held in North Korea for 2 years and 7 months.
Rodman noted that he never heard back after sending the letter …but the North Korean government released a video showing Bae was alive days later – and he doesn’t think it was a coincidence.
“No doubt our trips helped influence Kenneth Bae’s release,” Rodman told TMZ.
In 2013, in a Huffington Post interview, Rodman hinted that he may soon return to North Korea in order to push for the release of Bae.
Bae was imprisoned for “crimes aimed to topple the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”. At the time, Rodman called on Twitter for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to “do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose”.
Rodman, known as much for his piercings, tattoos and bad behavior as he was for basketball, was the highest-profile American to meet Kim since Kim inherited power from father Kim Jong Il in 2011.
He traveled to North Korea, accompanied by the Harlem Globetrotters for an HBO series produced by New York-based VICE television. He also organized a group of retired NBA players to travel to North Korea for an exhibition game timed to the birthday of N.Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Rodman was a two-time All-Star, and playing in 911 career NBA games, he averaged 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. A lot of people consider Rodman to be the best rebounder of the modern day basketball.Follow @exnbadotcom
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