Dennis Rodman—NBA Hall of Famer and self-appointed liaison between the U.S. and North Korea—is ready for his Nobel Peace Prize, he'd like you to know. The budding diplomat made waves earlier this year during a bizarre visit to the Hermit Kingdom, where he wined and dined with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Rodman reflected on his accomplishments in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated:
My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries…Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.
Roddamn will be heading back to North Korea later in the year to tackle the difficult diplomatic work of easing tensions between the two countries. He explains his next move:
I’m just gonna chill, play some basketball and maybe go on vacation with Kim and his family... I’ve called on the Supreme Leader to do me a solid by releasing Kenneth Bae.
Bae, a Korean-American on a missionary trip to North Korea, was detained by Kim’s government in May and sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp. There are no signs that Kim intends to do Rodman his “solid,” so he may have to wait just a bit longer for that Peace Prize.