Dennis Rodman, former NBA star and seemingly a lifelong bad boy, can add a new moniker to his name: ambassador.
Rodman has just returned from a trip to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters and he has a message for President Obama: Give North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a call.
The former high-energy forward with the champion Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls and later the Lakers, met for several hours over the course of two days with 28-year-old Kim Jong Un, who took control in December 2011 of a country that for decades had been dominated by the dictatorships of his father and grandfather.
Rodman appeared on the ABC news show "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday morning to discuss the trip.
"He loves basketball," Rodman said of Kim. "Obama loves basketball. Let's start there. Let's start there."
Stephanopoulos went into full attack mode, calling out Kim for human-rights abuses and the threat to annihilate America.
"Guess what?" Rodman said. "He doesn't want war. One thing he doesn't want is that."
As Stephanopoulos continued to harp on North Korea's prison camps, abuses toward its people and the continued threats to destroy America, Rodman had this to say about his visit: "It was history. It was history."