Petition: Remove Rodman from NBA Hall of Fame
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 13:08
A human rights organization says, the former National Basketball Association star should stop committing flagrant ethical fouls by visiting North Korea and publicly praising Kim Jong Un, North Korea's brutal dictator.
Chris Volo, Rodman's agent who accompanied the athlete on his trip to North Korea, told ABC News that before they went, "I asked on behalf of Dennis for his release three times".
According to bylaws from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's board of trustees, a candidate may be removed if he has "damaged the integrity of the game of basketball". "I am too damn famous for this", an emotional Rodman said.
"Otto Warmbier was murdered by the North Korean regime", said Marion Smith, director of the rights group.
The Change.org petition has already garnered 1,179 signatures.
As of now, more than a thousand people have signed it. For his part, Rodman told Good Morning America he doesn't travel to North Korea for political purposes, but to build a sports relationship.
In an interview that aired Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America", NBA Hall of Fame's Dennis Rodman spoke with host Michael Strahan about his recent trip to North Korea. You can find the full interview at the bottom of this post, but above, Rodman tried to defend his controversial friendship with dictator Kim Jong-un while failing to grasp why Americans distrust a country that treats him so well. "I sit there and talk to him ... he'll throw comments out there", Rodman said of Kim Jong-un.
Warmbier was released same day Rodman arrived in North Korea; he was returned to the U.S.in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, after spending 17 months in prison, for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster while visiting the country on a sightseeing tour. "They are often used to help portray them in a better light".
Rodman went on to speculate that even though he didn't have to, his had something to do with Warmbier's release.