Dennis Rodman traveled to North Korea to take part in an exhibition game for Kim Jong Un‘s birthday as an attempt to strengthen the basketball diplomacy between the country and the United States. But during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo discussing the event, Rodman suffered a meltdown on camera over his motives in North Korea.
As the above clip shows, fellow former NBA player Charles D. Smith tries to explain to Cuomo how the men on the team have no plans to deal with politics between North Korea and the United States. But Cuomo continually asks Rodman if he has any plans to help the family of imprisoned American Kenneth Bae broker his release.
Those questions riled Rodman up until he started saying to Cuomo, “The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand — if you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did? In this country?”
When Cuomo says he doesn’t know what Bae did that caused him to be imprisoned, Rodman didn’t provide an answer. He then went on a rant about the good his basketball team will do for U.S.-North Korea relations.
“I’m going to tell you one thing. People around the world — around the world — I’m going to do one thing. You’re a guy behind a mic right now. We are the guys here doing one thing. We’re going to go back to America and take the abuse. Do you have to take the abuse? Well, we’re going to take it,” Rodman says, slurring his words and raising his voice. “One day, this door is going to open because these 10 guys here, all of us … we’re just going to open the door just a little bit for people to come here.”
The interview concludes with Smith trying to explain their “non-political” stance in North Korea, and Cuomo wishing them well. One thing’s for certain: Rodman is going to continue to stick by his “friend” Kim and not back up Bae like he formerly tried to do.