Dennis Rodman adds fuel to media speculation regarding Kim Jong Un’s health with clue.
May 23, 2020
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman recently appeared on the Good Morning Britain show to discuss Neflix’s sports documentary miniseries “The Last Dance” based on Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls.
Near the end of the interview, co-host Piers Morgan snuck in a political question regarding North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un, who Rodman has developed a friendship with.
“One last question before we let you go,” Morgan requested, “last time we spoke to you, you’re friends bizarrely with Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea. There’s lots of rumors about his health. Do you know how he is?”
Rodman’s response was minimal but gave a hint. “I do have communications with North Korea, but I can say this, though: If you see his sister on TV running the country, now you know something is wrong,” he said, adding “That’s all I’m going give you.”
The 58-year old former NBA champion gave an additional clue by indicating that if the dictator’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, appears on TV too much, then she might be “next in line to take over.”
Rumors have been circulating online Kim has either died or his health is deteriorating following claims he had heart surgery. Weeks of speculation ended when North Korean media showed him visiting a fertilizer factory on May 1, but the leader has since disappeared again, creating a new wave of rumors.
Some have credited Rodman for bringing a “truce” between the U.S. and North Korea after getting together with President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un in a 2018 summit.
The Human Rights Watch still considers North Korea to be “one of the world’s most repressive states” in the world, with an appalling record of human rights abuses.
Rodman’s connection to North Korea begin in 2013 during a “basketball diplomacy” trip to Pyongyang for an exhibition basketball game featuring three Harlem Globetrotters
After spending some time with the young dictator, who is said to be a big basketball fan of the Chicago Bulls, Rodman declared that Jong-Un was his “friend for life” and called him a “great guy.”
Rodman was also instrumental in the release of a Korean American Christian missionary who was arrested after crossing the border in 2012 and handed a 15-year sentence of hard labor.
Although Rodman rejected the notion he was being a diplomat, he did tell reporters that he was trying “to bridge a gap with Americans and North Korea.”
‘I do have communications with North Korea.’
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) May 21, 2020