Dennis Rodman hopes to find “basketball diplomacy” in North Korea. The retired basketball Hall of Famer is going to the “Powerful and Prosperous Nation” to run a basketball camp for children and to play with their top basketball stars.
Rodman is sure to stand out like a sore thumb in the country, not because he is 6 ft 7 in, because of his tattoos, nose studs, and flamboyant style; North Korea has the world’s strictest dress code.
“The Worm” arrived at the Pyongyang airport, on Tuesday, along with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a VICE correspondent for a news show in North Korea that will air on HBO later this year. They were greeted by journalists who all wanted the first interview with the legendary basketball star.
“We got invited and we just came over to have some fun,” Rodman said. “Hopefully, everything will be O.K. and the kids will have a good time with the games. It’s my first time, I think it’s most of these guys’ first time here, so hopefully everything’s going to be OK, and hoping the kids have a good time for the game,” states Rodman.
“The Harlem Globetrotters are known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, and we are proud to continue our storied heritage of entertaining families and breaking down social barriers worldwide,” the Globetrotters’ chief executive, Kurt Schneider, said in a statement. “Our aim is to entertain and inspire children everywhere. Every child deserves that opportunity.”