January 7th, 2014
06:18 AM ET

"New Day" Exclusive: See Dennis Rodman's Bizarre Rant About North Korean Leader

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman erupted with anger on "New Day" Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rodman defended his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players, saying it was a "great idea for the world."

From the capital, Pyongyang, Rodman reacted angrily when pressed on whether the group should have traveled there given recent events in the secretive country.

Rodman said: "I don't give a rat's ass what the hell you think. I'm saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them ... they dared to do one thing, they came here."

The other former NBA players are due to take part in a controversial basketball game on the birthday of Kim Jong Un, the country's young, unpredictable leader. The friendly contest with North Korea's team is planned for Wednesday, when Kim is believed to turn 31.

Apparently referring to Kim, Rodman said, "I love my friend. This is my friend."

See part one of the interview above

The trip takes place just weeks after North Korea shocked the world by announcing the purge and execution of Kim's once-powerful uncle. There are also concerns for the welfare of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, who's been detained there for more than a year.

Asked if he would take the opportunity to ask North Korean leaders about Bae, Rodman suggested the Korean-American had done something wrong but did not say what that was.

Growing angry with Cuomo and jabbing his finger toward the camera for emphasis, Rodman said, "Kenneth Bae did one thing ... If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? ... I would love to speak on this.

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  1. billbow

    Why'd they cut it short? Not even gonna start reading the article.

    January 11, 2014 at 4:34 am | Reply
  2. Tara

    I believe Dennis Rodman went over there to hopefully help to build a bridge between the people of North Korea and the people of the United States, and that just maybe his friendship with Kim might indirectly help to open up the lines of communication between the two countries for diplomatic progress towards peaceful relations. Dennis is correct in assuming that if he were to pressure Kim to release a man who was accused of attempting to overthrow the government while there as a tourist, that he could be accused of being there on false pretenses in much the same way. It seems obvious to me that Kenneth Bae was not attempting to overthrow the government, but that is a common charge that people get when they say or do something that triggers the North Korean Government's obsessive, compulsive schizophrenia. And that is exactly why Dennis Rodman needs to stick with what he knows nest and that is playing basketball, keeping it simple and safe. If you ask me, I think It was a foolish mistake to put Dennis on the spot the way Cuomo did. And North Korea is not the only government in this story that tends to display a tendency towards obsessive paranoia. The U.S. government is so paranoid that they spy and collect data on all American citizen's phones and computers for no real reason. CNN should apologize to Dennis Rodman for putting him on the spot because we should not expect him to do the job that is best left up to the experts. Bill Clinton was helpful in the past because Kim's father wanted to meet with him. And Kim has recently mentioned to Dennis that he would like to have a chat with President Obama on the phone someday.Now, doesn't it make more sense to let Dennis play basketball and let Obama give Kim a call? Come on! It just makes more sense! Right??

    January 9, 2014 at 8:09 am | Reply
  3. jUSTIN

    Denis Rodman should be the head communicator for the US with N Korea, it should keep them busy for decades trying to work out what the hell he is talking about. It was like watching a comedy skit when someone impersonates an old crotchety man and rants on while actually saying nothing.

    January 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  4. Heather

    Dennis Rodman get s paid to go there, he needs the money i'm sure. is it a good idea not really, one day it could backfire on him. they way this guys work in North Korea it may happen. but we all know Kim loves Basketball, why he dislike America who knows when you love out sports stars, lets hope he gets the American People are going to work paying their bills and trying to live their lives we dont care about him. plenty of sports players have gone to country's that were unsafe to play a game to show the love the sport and hope to touch the lives of the regular citizens and say hey we are ok people, when you travel even to Europe they act like we do all the same stuff and American's are not all different. Chris Cuomo is a blow hard!! he thinks he is always right and loves to talk. he today was quiet, he just knew how to play them and really Charles smith was doing a better job than Chris, he didnt know what to say. he hoped he c ould trip Rodman and he knows Rodman loves the attention it fills his bank account. We know if Rodman did try to sway Kim he will be Dead too he knows it. i dont think i would ever want to trust him to get my parent out of a N. Korean jail. the Bae family is using this to say they want him to help them, it to get their Dad on the news and force the US to get involved. Im sure the Goverment knows more about it than Chris Coumo,Cnn wake up and fire him he is just hard to watch!!

    January 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  5. John nat

    Cuoma is a retard and disrespectful. Period.
    What else does he need?. If you want Dennis Rodman to help Bae even though it's not his place to help you can't play that out on TV like this and Cuomo needs to respect the fact that he's dealing with people who understands the antics of American politics and media.
    This reminds me of Mohammed Ali and Vietnam.
    Also speaking of going to N.K. There has been numerous celebrities doing the same thing white /black and all have their own agenda. Deal with it

    January 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  6. REkzkaRZ

    Sorry, but I am disturbed by Chris Cuomo's lack of self-reflection.

    Hey Chris, should every African athlete who comes to USA question President Obama about why there are so many black people in prisons, why we have *THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE* of imprisoned people of all advanced nations?

    Sorry, it's CNN that *SUCKS* and Chris Cuomo is a tool of propaganda. If you can't be HONEST about anything, like how the USA really stacks up, and you want to call North Korea and Cuba names but refuse to account for ANYTHING USA has done (ie what's our record in Central America, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua? What did USA do to civilians in Korea & Vietnam? Which country dropped 2 nuclear bombs on civilians in WWII?) but want to call North Korea the "greatest threat"... It's simply an impossible viewpoint to defend.

    Rodman is going around and preaching peace. He's sharing entertainment and culture. When the USA wanted to push an entire society OUT of the world - which is completely unacceptable - I'm glad that some people say "No."

    And if USA citizens can study some of the history of Bush's so called "Axis of Evil" (Venezuela, Cuba, and N. Korea) without listening to the absurd and ridiculous propaganda pushed by CNN - it becomes clearer who is whack.

    YES, Chris Cuomo is completely whack!!


    January 8, 2014 at 6:27 am | Reply
  7. Christine

    That interview was brutal to watch. Dennis 'Marble Mouth' Rodman will never be accused of being articulate that's for sure. It's been apparent for quite some time that he has no idea of what's going on and that he lives in his own world. He believes he is doing something nice by going to NK and that he's making a difference. He's a fool, just a puppet who is doing more harm than good. It was awesome to see him lose his cool, it just shows he has no idea of what's going on, and the fact is, he couldn't help Kenneth Bae in any way, even if he said he could.

    January 8, 2014 at 3:45 am | Reply
  8. Joe

    Enter three strikes for CNN, Chris Cuomo, and Dennis Rodman. To CNN & Cuomo for putting this man on their air and interviewing him, and to Rodman for going over to N. Korea after the recent purge that occurred. Even if Rodman didn't give a wink about Bae's plight (while I believe Rodman should care), for him and his NBA cronies to travel there at a time like this is nuts.

    January 7, 2014 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  9. Giovanni Rodriguez

    He is all about North Korea till kim jong feeds him and his team to the dogs like he fed his uncle and his friends.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  10. Peter

    It is very disturbing to see him speaking about world peace when only thing he is doing is getting paid to go to North Korea to show tricks in-front of the insane unpredictable anti-US dictator who loves Disney movies, uses Macbook and NBA. We always knew that Rodman was 'different' ;however, numerous NBA fans acknowledged his passion and integrity about the game. But this is beyond limits of understanding his irractical behavior and makes question his moral and ethics.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  11. cheekbrown

    Wow, what a way to start the morning, with fireworks.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  12. Robert


    I mean really Chris[Cuomo]. Seriously. Did I hear you correctly in a post interview tell Ashley Banfield that he [Dennis] has a responbility to uphold, as a former NBA player and American – in speaking up for presumed and alleged accused spy – Kenneth Bay? Whatever this guy [Mr. Bay] did to bring attention to himself while in North Korea, caused their security services to suspect he was up to no good and working on behalf of another foreign government. Dennis, nor any of the other 9 players he convinced to play with him in North Korea has a American or otherwise moral responsibility to do anything for Ken Bay.

    You suggest Dennis should use his supposed blind friendship with Kim Jung Un, in furtherance of inquiring as to why he is being held without formal charges or accusation. But what you failed to comprehend – based on your own delusional foreign relations education and lack of on-the-ground HUMINT knowledge of North Korea, is the simplicity of the relationship and how critically important Dennis could be become in the near future towards ongoing dialogue with North Korea. Would you want to be there to speak for Mr. Bay, after having knowledge he [Kim Un] just has his own uncle executed for treason.? I don't think so. And to express your own personal disdain and disrespect for Dennis on national television is and was childish of you. Stick to what you do best – look pretty for the cameras and stick to domestic affairs.

    January 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
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    January 7, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  14. Adriana

    Chris Cuomo – I enjoyed how you kept your composure during the minutes with Rodman love your class. Now if he could of answered or said something constructive ok. Why do those players look like followers instead of leaders?, secondly it's a shame that NBA league needed to send their remarks of no affiliation with the retired Rodman. What Kenneth Bae may have done was incorrect and just because he is a US citizen does not mean the US would step in when in all actually Kenneth is in his own country to begin with.

    January 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  15. Stephen Smith

    Sadly, I think Chris Cuomo's interview with Dennis Rodman gives Rodman exactly what he craves: publicity in the form of notoriety. Continued airing of that interview, particularly, Rodman's profane and inflammatory comments, simply feeds his warped personality. The less said and repeated, the more the chance that Rodman will shut up, go away, and quit doing damage.

    January 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  16. Ron Hunt

    @ChrisCuomo #cnn ur crossing the position of interviewer to newsmaker. wrong just wrong.this attitude gets newsman killed in other countries. Impartial interviews between two opposing beliefs, is what news should be about. Has cnn become ur Bias platform. Wrong, go back to being a go nowhere lawyer. sorry bud, a poor representation of what a news person should portray him or herself to be.

    January 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Jealous much?

      January 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  17. Tara

    I think what Dennis Rodman was trying to say is that Kenneth Bae was imprisoned in North Korea because he was accused of using his tourism business to form groups to overthrow the government. Dennis was obviously pointing out that if he were to use his trip as a political mission to save Kenneth Bae, it would become very dangerous for him and his entourage of ten men. Would he not be doing something very similar if he were to follow Cuomo's suggestion? He has to be extreemly careful about what he says and does over there. Give Dennis a break and just let him be Dennis Rodman, the wild and crazy basketball super star. Kim is a fan. Leave it at that. Wait and see what happens. If you want to save Kenneth Bae, ask Obama to give Kim a call. I hear that Kim has been wanting to talk to Obama for some time now. If you were Kenneth Bae, who would you want to be the one to try to help negotiate his freedom? I would say, leave it to the professionals, each in their own field of expertise. Why has Obama not called Kim yet? What is he waiting for?

    January 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  18. mel etherton

    I watched the interview with Rodman and all I could think of was how hypocritical we are to condemn North Korea for human rights abuse while China gets away with the worst human rights abuses on the planet and on a much larger scale. We choose to ignore that because China represents money and evidently, money is more important than the state of our humanity. Innocent prisoners of conscience are languishing in China's system of reeducation camps or what I call concentration camps enduring forced labor, torture and even the illegal harvesting of their organs for the black market. This is all overlooked while we attack their evil step child, North Korea. This is appalling to me! I wish that someone (Chris Cuomo) would have the courage to bring this up on the news. That would truly be more heroic than squabbling with Dennis Rodman.

    January 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Sally li

      Why didn't you dare mention Sudiarabia? That was because your people love oil & money more then anything else....

      January 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      And to think there are dozens of foreign prisoners in the US prison and jail systems right now, being held indefinitely on suspected terrorist ties and unproven terrorist activities, in which the US has denied and/or ignored official request from Russia, China, France, Spain, South Korea and North Korea, to release these people into the custody of their respective consulates and embassies. Cuomo didn't think of that one. Nor would he dare talk about how a CIA analyst tasked an out of shape old FBI agent to gather intelligence while in Iran and then lie about, leaving the guy to die. I'd bet Cuomo a NY Steak dinner and the finest bottle of wine he can't afford to drink, that the same happened to Mr. Bay! Some USIC contractor or handler left this guy to die and deny he was working for them, for fear of escalting anything with North Korea. Too late for that one!!

      January 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  19. Marcus

    Who are these so called NBA PLAYERS I ONLY RECOGNIZE VIN BAKER

    January 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  20. carre1

    Might not be too healthy for Rodman's team to win.

    January 7, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
  21. Camie Thompson

    Ok here we go. There's no way Rodman is an American,,,To me he's a discrace to the USA. He's all about N.Korea. He doesn't care about the American or his family that;s held captive over there, He's all about the basketbell. And in the interview was he drunk or high? He seemed like it. Can't stand him or what he stands for.

    January 7, 2014 at 8:51 am | Reply
  22. Kelly Dunn

    The only time Dennis Rodman seems to be able to pull his head out of his own backside is when he's pressed up against Kim Jong Un's backside.You can't do good works in a country run by a psychopath.The mere fact that they won't even try to find a way to help Bae tells us all that they aren't there to do good works.I'm not a politician,but if I were there,and it were possible for me to do anything at all on someones behalf I would do it.Anything at all!!No matter how small.That's how you make a difference–not by catering to egos.

    January 7, 2014 at 8:45 am | Reply
  23. Linda Coulombe

    Mr. Cuomo....I am so disappointed in you ...did you really want Dennis Rodman politically negotiating for us when it is very evident that he has a difficult time even forming a sentence that makes sense....unfortunately you have put yourself on the same level....Please!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2014 at 8:33 am | Reply
  24. Kathryn

    Dennis Rodman has once again proven himself to be a moron. I listened to the CNN interview. I has trouble understanding what he was saying. He did not pronounce words proper. His voice was almost muffled. Charles Smith should have done the speaking for that interview. He is an educated man. Once again Rodman gives the black community a bad example. He knew exactly what the questions were being asked to him. He evaded any and all answers. The other players sat there with a stunned look on their face. They would have rather been anywhere else than there. Rodman is supposed to be representing the U.S.. I don't want that moron representing me. We as Americans wonder why other countries laugh at us. It is because of people like Dennis Rodman. He did not attempt to present himself as having any education or common sense. What I do not understand is this group of men travel to war torn countries, countries that have been hit with disasters. What is a basketball camp or game going to do to help these people. Makes no sense.

    January 7, 2014 at 7:39 am | Reply
  25. Ricardo Bernard

    Christ cuomo you are full of it ,you don't give a danm about anyone you know that ,you pretending that you care , we have Americans in our American jails now holding American for crimes of just being black , we have Americans homeless , there are American companies who are firing or letting peopple go just because they can , ppl who live pay check to pay check , now I don't see you out there with your crew doing anything about it . Now you are attacking Rodman? He not a politician and want hing to go talk sense into jun hun ?

    January 7, 2014 at 7:33 am | Reply
    • Chris

      Most people in jail belong there. Quit making excuses for criminals. It's a fairly simple blueprint. Do the crime do the time.

      January 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  26. Ricardo Bernard

    Christ cuomo you are full of it ,you don't give a danm about anyone you know that ,you pretending that you care , we have Americans in our American jails now holding American for crimes of just being black , we have Americans homeless , there are American companies who are firing or letting peopple go just because they can , ppl who live pay check to pay check , now I don't see you out there with your crew doing anything about it .

    January 7, 2014 at 7:29 am | Reply
  27. truthsintime

    Stop trying to bait people !!!!! Geez... This was the most vivid demonstration of what is wrong with American publicity seeking grandstanding idiots that pass themselves off as Journalist.
    Hopefully the people can see what low these types have done to what use to be Journalism,... They are nothing today but ego junkies looking for a rating bump by any means.
    All Chris Cuomo did was want to make me not watch this segment of CNN...

    If these networks don't wake up and get these grandstanding clowns from behind the camera, they will eventually bring down the network. I'd hope this show goes down hill if this is the kind of front seat mentality they put on the screen so early in the morning.

    January 7, 2014 at 7:26 am | Reply
  28. BishopBeaman

    CNN you are doing something just as bad as anyone else. You are riling things up by doing this interview. Your interview is not in the interest of peace. You, FOX and other news media today are subjective rather than being objective. You try to influence public opinion. FOX does it by being ultra conservative. You do it by being ultra liberal. In my opinion, the news should be reported objectively. Between FOX, you and others, Walter Cronkite is turning over in his grave.

    January 7, 2014 at 7:23 am | Reply
  29. truthsintime

    I wish the basketball players would have walked out on your arrogant assault, because it certainly was not an interview, you were trying some publicity stunt interrogation. It's unfortunate they were not prepared for your brand of Attack mentality.
    All you did was globally insult America... They told you they were not on some political mission, they are on a humanitarian good will engagement.
    It's detestable we have these publicity hounds like Chris Cuomo, who will do anything for ratings, and acted like he was dense and unable to comprehend anything, when the men told him over and over and over. They are there to play ball and do humanitarian good will nature of games.

    Chris Cuomo is an insult, how do people with this arrogance get in front of the Camera. I wish these guys would have got up an walked out of this attack, because it certainly was not an interview. It was a publicity media assault for rating aims by Chris Cuomo.

    January 7, 2014 at 7:21 am | Reply
    • Robert

      Bravo! Couldn't agree with every word any more!! Thank you! I use to like going to CNN for serious unbiased opinions and news. Now I just venture here to get a good laugh at the what the writers and media personalities have to say – which is clearly far beyond their intellectual capacity and individual knowledge base.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  30. Dianne

    Pretty dangerous to let this man play with diplomacy. John Kerry needs to stop Rodman's trips before they being to spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E

    January 7, 2014 at 7:13 am | Reply
  31. Cheryl

    His Asian Pillsbury Doughboy boytfriend is a sadistic devil and Rodman must not be any better since he seems to like him so much.

    January 7, 2014 at 7:03 am | Reply
  32. Pat

    I think Dennis rodman is an "excellent communicator".

    January 7, 2014 at 7:02 am | Reply
  33. Miller

    Dennis Rodman is doing a favor to the world by establishing communication with North Korea. His convictions are admirable. Chris Cuomo does not represent all Americans.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:58 am | Reply
  34. Champ

    Really Chris, Why would you take a guy like Dennis Rodman serious this is not news these guy are making extra money doing what they use to do. Far as politics are concerned Mr. Rodman doesn't have a clue. They are just playing basket ball and to ask what another man is thinking and why he had to kill his uncle that is like putting the worm on the spot. Mr. Rodman called the dictator his friend what would you like him to call him and still try to make money. This was bad news making these guys defend themselves just for playing basket ball. You know all the trips earlier was setting this game up. Who care if it was on his birthday I bet he paid a pretty penny to make this happen.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:53 am | Reply
  35. Connie

    It's mind boggling why we give these types of interviews air time! It was clear that Dennis Rodman was zoned out on SOMETHING!! Who Cares!!! More important issues we could be reporting on! Nice try Chris?

    January 7, 2014 at 6:53 am | Reply
  36. Jack dunn

    What a struggle it was to understand Dennis Rodman's answers for Chris Cuomo. I'm reminded of the retort from Rodman's comment that if Larry Bird was black he'd only be an average ballplayer. The retort was if Dennis Rodman was white, he's be retarded.
    Rodman wasn't bright enough to let some of the brighter and more articulate members of the team do the talking.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:50 am | Reply
  37. Joshua Wertheim

    Watching the interview. Nine nuts who don't get it. Charles Smith says he's there to 'put smiles on people's faces" without realizing who will be in attendance at the game they will be playing – buddies of Kim, who massacres his own people. Chris should have asked "would you have understood the outcry if it were 1939 and you had gone to Nazi Germany to play an exhibition basketball games for Adolf Hitler?" because that's the type of person who is Rodman's friend.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:39 am | Reply

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