After all these years, The Worm is still in foul trouble.
In Rodman's first post-Korea interview, he drops several Rodmanesque bombs, including the assertion that Un wants to call President Obama to talk not going to war with the U.S. and Rodman's suggestion of a basketball summit:
"He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him," Rodman told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." "He said, 'If you can, Dennis - I don't want [to] do war. I don't want to do war.' He said that to me."
"[Kim] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said, 'Obama loves basketball.' Let's start there," Rodman said.
Rodman, when questioned on Un's and North Korea's horrendous human rights record and general animosity toward the United States and Western allies offered this defense:
"I don't condone that. I hate the fact that he's doing that. ... I didn't talk about that. ...I saw people respected him, his family. ... "[He's] only 28 -- 28. He's not his dad. He's not his grandpa. He is 28 years old. ... He's very humble. He's a very humble man. ... He don't want war - that's one thing he don't want. ... He loves power. He loves control, because of his father, you know - stuff like that. But he's just -- he's a great guy. He's just a great guy. You sit down and talk to him."
Rodman, who closed his interview with "don't hate me," said he wasn't defending the North Korean dictator following his trip last week - a trip he hopes to repeat soon. But he also made an effort to equate the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of North Koreans in concentration and work camps to the U.S. prison system:
Stephanopoulos: "It sounds like you're apologizing for him."
Rodman: "No, I'm not apologizing for him. ... He was a great guy to me. He was my friend. I don't condone what he does. But as a person to person, he's my friend. ... What I did was history. ... He's a friend to me. That's about it."
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman speaking at a basketball game in Pyongyang. Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman has become the most high-profile American to meet the new leader of North Korea, vowing eternal friendship with Kim Jong-Un at a basketball game in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / KCNA