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Sister of jailed man in N. Korea says of Rodman: ‘This is not a game, this is a man’s life’

LYNNWOOD, Wash. –  The sister of Lynnwood’s Kenneth Bae, who is imprisoned in North Korea, said Tuesday she was outraged by former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s comments in Pyongyang about her brother.  “This is not a game, this is a man’s life,” she said.


Terri Chung of Lynnwood, sister of Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned in North Korea.

In an exclusive interview from North Korea Tuesday with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Rodman defended his visit to North Korea with a team of fellow former NBA players in a combative exchange, saying the trip was a “great idea for the world.”  They are there to play a basketball game on Wednesday’s birthday of the North Korean dictator.


From CNN

Rodman reacted angrily when pressed on whether the group should have traveled there and whether he was planning to ask North Korean leaders about Bae, a U.S. citizen who was arrested in North Korea, convicted last spring by North Korea of “hostile acts” intended to topple the government and sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp.

In response, Rodman suggested the Korean-American had done something wrong, but did not specify what.

“Do you understand what he did in this country?” Rodman asked Cuomo.

“You tell me, what did he do?” Cuomo asked.

“No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me,” Rodman said. “Why is he held captive here in this country, why? … I would love to speak on this.”

Cuomo noted the North Korean government never released any charges and urged Rodman to speak out on what Bae allegedly did.  But Rodman evaded the question.

“You know,” Rodman said, “you’ve got 10 guys here, 10 guys here, that have left their families, they’ve left their damn families, to help this country in a sports venture. That’s 10 guys, all these guys here, do anyone understand that?”

“We do,” responded Cuomo. “And we appreciate that and we wish them well with cultural exchange.”

“No, no, no, no,” Rodman continued. “I don’t give a rat’s a– what the hell you think. I’m saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them … they dared to do one thing, they came here.”

Bae, a married father of three, has reportedly suffered a series of health problems during his detention.

Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, said in an interview with Q13 FOX News late Tuesday that Rodman’s remarks were outrageous.

“It’s one thing to play games with his own image, but this is not a game, this is a man’s life,” Chung said.

“He has refused to help, that’s his choice, but instead he has chosen to make these outrageous accusations that he clearly doesn’t know anything about,” she added.

She said her brother was in North Korea legally working as a tour operator. She hoped one of the former basketball players would take a chance to ask for amnesty for him.

“In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney noted that Rodman is on a private trip and that the United States has called for North Korea to release Bae.

“Our views about Kenneth Bae have not changed,” he said.

“I did not see some of the comments that Mr. Rodman made, but I am not going to dignify that outburst with a response,” Carney added. “I am simply going to say that we remain gravely concerned about Kenneth Bae’s health and continue to urge the DPRK authorities to grant his amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds.”

To watch CNN’s full Dennis Rodman interview, click here.


28 Comments to “Sister of jailed man in N. Korea says of Rodman: ‘This is not a game, this is a man’s life’”

    j said:
    January 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Hes not human

      Lisa Villeneuve said:
      January 7, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      He’s awful. If he were Canadian he’d be home by now. Petition?

    Lisa Villeneuve said:
    January 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    I will go get him. He shouldn’t be there! This is stupid. Ask Canada to get him.

    esco said:
    January 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Rodman's a punk. His D-bag meter just went through the roof and into the stratosphere. 😒

    ShadowWalker59 said:
    January 7, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Rodman, just like his lips, is a fat head. He brushes his teeth, if indeed he does brush, with gunpowder, because he's just shooting off this mouth. To me, when you coddle up to your enemy, then you're a traitor. Don't tell me about Jefferson Davis……..Rodman is a real disgrace to this country, and to himself and even to the black race. If any dirt bag ever deserved the N-word, this slug deserves it. Personally, I'd send this sleazy, greasy 'human being', to north korea to live out the rest of his miserable life.

    The World is Ending said:
    January 7, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    If I remember right Bae was convicted of distributing bibles, which in North Korea is illegal , if he was actualy doing this then NK is right, because you should not go somewhere and break the law just because you don't agree with it or think it is unjust.

      mike said:
      January 8, 2014 at 3:37 AM

      Do you even have a spine?

        The World is Ending said:
        January 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        I should have added don't break the law unless you are willing to accept the consequences of doing so.

      dave said:
      January 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Men ought to do what God says to do, not men.

    Jeff Dranetz said:
    January 8, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    He is not a diplomat. International athletics is supposed to be politics free. John Kerry has to get off his conceited ass, and do something himself, and stop looking in to a mirror, and stop listening to his own voice. I have to say, it is very dangerous to try to minister religion in a an atheist or single religion totalitarian state. Do so at your own risk. Yes, Rodman is a blathering idiot, so stop asking him to interfere politically in North Korea. His cozying up to Kim Jong Un can only do good. Unless Rodman some how has access to our state secrets. Which would happen if he were recruited to be an ad hoc ambassador to free the imprisoned minister.

    Ralph said:
    January 8, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    No Americans should be visiting North Korea. Kenneth Bae should not have been there and Rodman shouldn't be there.

    Minerva Ro'Dent said:
    January 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Why is ANY American citizen going to North Korea? That being said…..Dennis Rodman is a total nut case and WHY is he getting any sort of media coverage? Ignore him … no media attention, no problem

    My View said:
    January 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Since when is it Rodman's obligation to bail someone else out of a jam, this is just another media shaming.

    If you go to another country and get yourself in a jam, that's YOUR TS and no one else's.

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