In Focus: Dennis Rodman, the international diplomat
By Ben Eagle
Here's a question no one's asking these days: What's Dennis Rodman up to?
The five-time NBA champ has been all over the news lately after roughly two years outside of the spotlight. In late February, Rodman traveled to North Korea to meet and dine with dictator Kim Jong Un. (He plans to return to the country to vacation with Kim in August.) This week, Rodman traveled to the Vatican in hopes of meeting the new Pope. It seems we can add international diplomat to Rodman's long list of achievements.
“I want to be anywhere in the world that I’m needed,” Rodman told TMZ. “I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world.”
With that in mind, here's a look at Rodman's recent travels around the world. (Photo above courtesy of Arnulfo Franco/AP)
Rodman traveled to the Vatican Wednesday in hopes of meeting the new Pope. He was campaigning for Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, but a gathering of Catholic cardinals opted for Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina. (Riccardo De Luca/AP)
Rodman traveled to North Korea to watch a basketball game with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un and later drank and dined with him. (VICE Media, Jason Mojica/AP)
Rodman was accompanied by members of the Harlem Globetrotters, a VICE correspondent and a production crew to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series. (KCNA via KNS/AP Photo)
Dennis Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un (right) an "awesome guy'' and said his father and grandfather were "great leaders.'' (KCNA/Reuters)