It’s so hard when people don’t like your friends.
That’s the problem Dennis Rodman once again ran into this morning while discussing his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on CNN’s New Day. Alongside fellow former NBA player Charles D. Smith, Rodman and his team attempted to explain that no one should read into their controversial decision to travel to North Korea to play basketball for the dictator, saying it was “a great idea for the world.”
The interview went downhill from there. Rodman repeatedly referred to Kim Jong Un as his “friend,” but stated there was no political purpose behind his visits. (Idea: What if Rodman is secretly a spy? No one would suspect!)
When host Chris Cuomo repeatedly asked Rodman if he knew anything about Kenneth Bae, the U.S. citizen who has been held in North Korea without any announced charges for more than a year, Rodman snapped.
“Kenneth Bae did one thing,” Rodman angrily said. “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 don’t give a rat’s a– 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.”
Rodman did not clarify what exactly he believes Bea may have done. When every other team member on the screen began to look extremely uncomfortable, Smith attempted to grab Rodman’s arm to calm him down — but Rodman, cigar in hand, was just getting started.
“You’re the guy behind the mic right now,” he said of Cuomo. “We’re the guys here doing one thing. We have to go back to America and take the abuse. Do you have to take the abuse that we’re gonna take? Do you sir, are you going to take the abuse? One day, one day, this door is going to open because these 10 guys here, all of us … I mean everybody here, if we could open the door just a little bit for people to come here and do one thing.”
Watch the full interview below: