Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has maintained for several years what some people consider to be a bizarre friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
He has traveled to the country and has met privately with the leader, which very few people, especially an American, are able to do.
Rodman however is now admitting his friend is “probably” a madman.
The admittance came during a segment on Thursday during the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Colbert introduced Rodman as, “five time NBA champion, Hall of Famer, and possibly all that is standing between us and thermonuclear war with North Korea.”
The NBA star noted that when he first arrived in North Korea, Daily Mail reports, the North Korean dictator asked whether he was trustworthy:
‘When I went over there, the first thing he said to me was, ”Mr. Rodman, we just want to know, can we trust you?” I said, ”Absolutely.” And that’s how our conversation started,’ Rodman told Colbert.
Then the two began to specifically talk about Kim Jong-Un:
Rodman said the reins of the regime were passed down to Kim and insisted ‘He’s more like a kid than anything.’
Colbert retorted: ‘He’s a kid, but he’s a kid with nuclear weapons.’
‘I don’t really judge people, you know, by their color. I don’t judge where they come from. I just judge people where, you know, we’re all human beings. You know, throughout the day, we’re all human beings. It’s funny though that I don’t see how people can sit there and say that this person is a ‘madman.’ He probably is, but I didn’t see that. But he probably is,’ Rodman added.
He also said Kim ‘wants to change his culture,’ and that with each visit Kim ‘has changed so much for the people.’
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