Dennis Rodman‘s recent visit to North Korea proved beneficial for the former NBA star. Rodman announced in a press conference on Sept. 9 in New York City that he will be training the North Korean national basketball team for the 2016 Olympics.
In addition, Rodman plans to visit North Korea again in January along with other former NBA players to participate in a basketball tournament for the birthday of Jong Un, who he calls his “friend for life.” This is his idea of “basketball diplomacy,” to help make the gap between North Korea and the rest of the world smaller.
But Rodman did more than just reveal his involvement in North Korea’s Olympic plans. He also announced the previously unknown name of Jong Un’s daughter. According to Rodman, the baby girl’s name is Ju-ae.
“The Marshal Kim and I had a relaxing time by the sea with his family. We shared many meals and drinks where we discussed our plans to play a historic friendship basketball game between North Korea and the US as well as ways to develop their basketball team,” Rodman says of his visit during the press conference. “I held their baby Ju-ae and spoke with Ms Ri [Sol-Ju, Kim’s wife] as well. He’s a good dad and has a beautiful family. Kim told me, ‘I’ll see you in December.'”