Is Dennis Rodman a future Nobel Peace Prize winner? The former NBA star, who has struck up a friendship this year with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, said he believes his trip last February to North Korea earlier this year should qualify him for a Nobel Peace Prize. Rodman is expected to visit Kim Jong-Un in North Korea next month and said his presence has led to peace between the US and North Korea.
"Fact is, he hasn't bombed anywhere he's threatened to yet. My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries," said Rodman to Sports Illustrated, in the midst of promoting a children's book. "Why it's been left to me to smooth things over, I don't know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it's the black guy's [Obama's] job. But I'll tell you this: If I don't finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something's seriously wrong."
Rodman declared that Kim Jong-Un has no intentions to wage war with the US and simply wants to "talk basketball with Obama," but that the President refuses to pick up the phone. Rodman urged Obama to "reach out to Kim and be his friend." However, while Obama has previously said that he is open to dialogue with Kim Jong-Un, he wants the North Korean dictator to comply with U.N. sanctions about removing nuclear weapons in the country.
Earlier this year, Rodman attempted via Twitter to get Kim Jong-Un to release Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for alleged intentions to overthrow the North Korean government. Rodman tweeted that he wanted Kim Jong-Un to "do me a solid" and release Bae, but the tweet had no effect.
The former NBA star has also found himself the center of constant ridicule because of his North Korean relations and some establishments want nothing to do with it; Rodman was thrown out of an NYC bar last March for refusing to stop praising Kim Jong-Un and "waving around a signen copy of the dictator's huge manifesto, telling everyone they should read it."
Rodman also appeared on the most recent season of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, but was fired midway through the show.