Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman speaks to the media as he enters the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Rodman arrived to the North Korean capital to help train the national team and renew his friendship with the North's young leader, Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
There's no shortage of weirdness accompanying Dennis Rodman, and the former Chicago Bulls star made that clear Tuesday during a bizarre, at times angry interview on CNN (video below).
Holding a cigar and flanked by former NBA players participating in an exhibition basketball game in North Korea on Kim Jong Un's birthday, Rodman clearly wanted to only talk about the game.
So when CNN's Chris Cuomo's questions turned to U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, who remains detained in North Korea, Rodman unleashed some frustration.
"Do you understand what he did?" Cuomo asked about Bae.
"No, no, no," Rodman shot back, "you tell me. You tell me. Why is he held captive?"
"They haven't released any charges," Cuomo said.
Rodman tried to change the subject to the "guys who left their families to help this country."
When the interviewer continued his line of questioning, Rodman became upset.
"I don't give a rat's ass what the hell you think," he said. "Look at these guys! Look at 'em! They came here!"
Rodman told Cuomo he was hiding behind a mic while the former NBA players were in North Korea trying to open the door for others to come to the country.
Charles Smith more rationally explained the group's preference to refrain from political topics.
"We've said numerous times that we're not here for any political aspects," Smith said. "We're not here to talk politics. So outside of that any questions that come back through that is baiting to get us into politics."
Smith also defended Rodman, saying," “Outside of what people know of Dennis, you don’t know Dennis. He’s got a great heart, his passion is about children and families. That’s why we are here."
After the interview Smith said he feels remorse over the game and noted Rodman may not be its best spokesman.
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