Dennis Rodman took a lot of heat for his recent trip to visit North Korea and dictator Kim Jong Un. Many in the United States, and around the world for that matter, saw the shrewd move as highly dangerous for both political relations and national security. But Rodman decided to visit and organize a celebrity basketball game to celebrate Un's birthday anyway.
Now, the backlash that Rodman has received over the trip has apparently worn him down enough to have second thoughts. Here's what he told ESPN in an interview this week:
"At least someone tried," Rodman said. "So that's how I look at it. You know, I don't want to be a hero, I don't want to be this, I don't want to be that. I just wanted to be, just do happy things and do great things in life. That's all I wanted to do. That's it."
"I don't want people to look at me as the devil or evil person," Rodman told ESPN. "If I put anyone in harm's way, I apologize, you know."
Then waving his hands in a circle at the camera, Rodman said, "If you don't want me to go back there ever again, I won't go back."
I'd say most Americans probably don't want to see the former NBA star making a return visit. So it'll be interesting if Rodman sticks to his word.
Via Eye on Basketball