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Rodman leaves N. Korea without Kenneth Bae, says, ‘Ask Obama about that…’


Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives in Beijing Saturday after a five-day trip to North Korea. (CNN)

BEIJING (CNN) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in Beijing on Saturday from North Korea without imprisoned American Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man arrested by the Pyongyang regime last year.

Rodman, who visited North Korea this week, was tight-lipped about his trip.

“It is not my job to talk about Kenneth Bae,” he told reporters gathered at the Beijing airport.

Sporting a silver, shiny cap and a long scarf, the 6-foot-7 inch former basketball star broke through the crowd and continued talking.

“Ask Obama about that, ask Hillary Clinton about that,” Rodman said. “Ask those —holes.”

The eccentric Hall of Famer’s trip was the second to the hardline communist state this year to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In March, Rodman was pictured with Kim, an ardent basketball fan, laughing and eating while watching an all-star basketball match.

He was criticized over the trip, which came amid escalating tension with North Korea threatening missile strikes on the U.S., South Korea and Japan.

Rodman has previously made no secret about his desire to help Bae. He once tweeted that he wanted the 30-year-old unchallenged leader of North Korea to “do him a solid” by freeing Bae.

Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in February after he was convicted of unspecified “hostile acts” against North Korea. The country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said he was arrested late last year after arriving as a tourist in Rason City, a northeastern port near the Chinese border.


5 Comments to “Rodman leaves N. Korea without Kenneth Bae, says, ‘Ask Obama about that…’”

    Guest said:
    September 7, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Does this moron have any idea who he is rubbing elbows with? Next time he goes over there, can we revoke his passport?

    what ever said:
    September 7, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    guest does not know what he is talking about, Rodman is now an American diplomat you moron !

      Guest said:
      September 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Just so everyone is clear on the obvious wisdom of the person who called the original poster here a moron.
      You are saying that this guy pictured here in the aluminum foil shower cap is considered a US diplomat?
      When you call someone a moron I think you should verify your mirror image is not the person deserving of that title before proceeding with the name calling game.
      Better to remain silent than speak and remove all doubt.

    Xuven said:
    September 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Let me see if I have things straight … The US State Department issues a warning that tells Americans DON'T GO TO NORTH KOREA … So what is one of the first things Bae does ….go to North Korea.

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