Dennis Rodman Is Ready for His Nobel Peace Prize

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July 2 2013 2:59 PM

Dennis Rodman Is Ready for His Nobel Peace Prize

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Social activist Rocky Twyman holds a sign calling for former basketball star Dennis Rodman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

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.
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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.

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