NBA icon Dennis Rodman is no stranger to the media. As great of a basketball player he was, his talent always seemed to be overshadowed by his off court and some on court antics. Well it doesn’t seem that Rodman has changed his ways. In the past few months Rodman has been featured in the media numerous amounts of times in regards to his relationship with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.
It all started when Rodman and the famous Harlem Globetrotters made a trip to North Korea for a documentary. While there Rodman became very close friends with North Korea’s leader. They actually became so close that Rodman made 2 more visits to North Korea to visit his “friend” as many articles claim he states. In recent news, Dennis Rodman has put the media in a frenzy with the release of his pistachio commercial where a Kim Jong Un look-a-like blows up Rodman (Check the video out for yourself – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPzLvPbqm_E). Kind of ironic I would say considering the global issues surrounding this incident.
Now the big picture surronding this is the Nuclear bomb scare between North Korea and the United States. Here we have an American citizen – and a well known one at that – that is becoming close friends with the man who holds destruction in the palm of his hands. Media has quoted Rodman numerous amount of times where he states the relationship between him and North Korea’s leader is formed on a strong love for the sport of basketball. What makes this issue confusing is the on and off stance Rodman seems to portray. After Rodman’s first visit he tweeted Kim asking him to release the American hostage they had which is a major concern to the U.S. government, but when asked about it he went on to say it was none of his business, talk to Obama about that.
The U.S. government now see’s that they have an opportunity to gain useful information about Kim’s plans and feel that Dennis Rodman is their only hope. Now let’s just pump the brakes a little. Are we really considering putting the possible outcome of this global dilemma in the hands of Dennis Rodman? Is there no one else we can find? Maybe Mr. T is open to help. I am just saying, Rodman clearly see’s no faults in his actions and definatly does not take the issue seriously if he is out there making parody commercials. I know that there has been a list of global issues solved through sport and many believe that sport is a great platform to assist in solving issues, but in this case don’t you think we should steer away from using sport. This is not educating third world countries on HIV, this is a nuclear bomb threat.
What do you think is sport a great platform for an issues like this? and is the U.S. government on to something by thinking Rodman can be beneficial?