If the basketball player gets his wish, he will be nominated for the illustrious Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his trip to North Korea. This probably isn’t a joke to Rodman.
The basis for Rodman’s Nobel dreams is the trip the basketball player took to the reclusive and closed country of North Korea in Feb. 2013. While there, Rodman and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un hit it off. The two reportedly partied and traveled, with Rodman later calling Kim “really awesome.”
A second visit to North Korea is planned for August. This time, Rodman wants some more diplomatic breakthroughs. “I’ve called on the Supreme Leader to do me a solid by releasing Kenneth Bae,” Rodman told Sports Illustrated, speaking about a Korean-American missionary sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp for allegedly trying to topple the country’s political regime.
Why does Rodman think this merits a Nobel Peace Prize? The basketball player explained further in the same interview:
“Before I landed in Pyongyang, I didn’t know Kim Jong-un from Lil’ Kim. I didn’t know what country he ruled or what went on in the country he ruled … Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet … All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America. His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what’s the harm in a simple phone call?”
While Rodman is conducting all of this diplomacy out of the goodness of his zany, loony heart, he wouldn’t mind picking up some honors along the way. “I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”