John Kerry became the latest to criticize Dennis Rodman in the aftermath of the former NBA star's trip to North Korea and visit with the reclusive communist country's leader, Kim Jong Un.
But the secretary of State phrased his comments about the controversial basketball player in the nicest way possible, telling NBC News from Doha, Qatar on Tuesday: “Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player. And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. And that’s where we’ll leave it.”
See what he did there? Perhaps a little lesson in diplomacy for Rodman, who has called Kim "a good guy" and "my friend" and has actually said "I love him" about the man who reigns over a regime known for its human-rights abuses and threats to annihilate America.
Rodman traveled to North Korea with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters last week to participate in a basketball showcase as part of a news show by Vice television to be broadcast on HBO later this year.