North Korea’s atrocities, and the imprisonment of American Kenneth Bae, were unknown to at least one of the players who traveled to the country with Dennis Rodman last week. Cliff Robinson also claimed that he was unaware that the players would be taking part in a birthday celebration for leader Kim Jong Un.
The one-time Sixth Man of the Year added that while the Bae situation is “over our head” and best left to diplomats, he hoped their trip to North Korea can “soften up” the country in its relations with the United States.
Rodman arrived in Beijing on Monday morning and apologized for “certain situations” in North Korea, but stood by his decision to bring the former players over as part of his “basketball diplomacy” efforts. “I’m not God, I’m not (an) ambassador, I’m no one,” Rodman said.