Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman waits to check in for his flight to North Korea after his arrival at Beijing's international airport on Monday.
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January 19, 2014 Rodman is just back from a controversial trip to North Korea. He was slammed for caustic comments he made about an American being detained in the country.
Dennis Rodman in December, during one of his previous visits to North Korea.
January 9, 2014 The former basketball player, during his latest trip to the communist country, unleashed an obscenity-laced rant on CNN when asked about an American who is imprisoned in North Korea. He implied that the man deserved his punishment. Now Rodman is saying he's sorry for what he said.
Dennis Rodman sings "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game Wednesday at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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January 8, 2014 The former NBA star leads a public rendition of the song for the North Korean leader, whom he describes as his "best friend for life."
Former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday.
January 7, 2014 In a combative interview with CNN, the former NBA star implies that imprisoned American businessman Kenneth Bae, sentenced in May to 15 years' hard labor, is guilty of trying to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un.
January 6, 2014 Rodman is scheduled to play a friendly game against a North Korean team on Jan. 8 to celebrate the birthday of North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.
Former U.S. basketball superstar Dennis Rodman arrives in Pyongyang on Thursday.
December 19, 2013 The visit is the ex-NBA star's third to the country this year. He says he'll visit strongman Kim Jong Un, a man he's described as his "friend for life."
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday, before his flight to Pyongyang, North Korea.
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September 3, 2013 Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman called Kim Jong Un an "aweseome" man after a visit earlier this year. His trip there this week follows a prediction by Rodman that he would persuade Kim to release Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae. But Rodman says that's not the purpose of his visit.
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Dennis Rodman, in black hat and shades, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a Feb. 28 basketball game in Pyongyang.
May 8, 2013 Dennis Rodman, America's unlikeliest link to Kim Jong Un, wants his friend to release Kenneth Bae. A 44-year-old U.S. citizen, Bae was this month sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp for unspecified "hostile acts."
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, seated next to former NBA star Dennis Rodman (in black cap), at a basketball game Thursday in Pyongyang.
February 28, 2013 The former NBA star known as "The Worm" visited the Stalinist state to be part of an HBO series exploring cultures around the world.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, in the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday, before his flight to North Korea.
February 26, 2013 The flamboyant former NBA star, now 51, has gone to the communist country for some basketball diplomacy and to take part in a film being made for HBO.
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