April 1, 2014 — Los Angeles, CA — Dennis Rodman, former professional basketball player and self-described “friend for life” to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, will be joining Liberty in North Korea for the remainder of our Spring Tour as a Pacific Northwest Nomad. Rodman will travel North America, telling the stories of the North Korean people and motivating communities to get involved.
Rodman, who first traveled to Pyongyang in early 2013 to film a documentary with Vice Media, has visited North Korea three times. He has been heavily criticized by the international community for refusing to address the human rights abuses happening inside the country, as well as the imprisonment of Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae.
In response to the criticism, Rodman said, “I don’t want people to look at me as the devil or evil person [sic]. If I put anyone in harm’s way, I apologize, you know. If you don’t want me to go back there ever again, I won’t go back.”
Now, he wants to do something for the North Korean people and is hoping his time with LiNK will enable him to use his image for good.
The 6-foot-7 basketball star, who goes by the nickname “The Worm,” is looking forward to living in a van for the next 5 weeks with his three teammates and has promised not to get “out-of-control drunk,” an offense that reportedly got him kicked out of North Korea for good.
We’re just pulling your leg. Happy April Fool’s Day! Rodman won’t be joining us on tour, but you can join us for the next one by applying to be a Nomad here.