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Dennis Rodman Thinks He Deserves A Nobel Peace Prize

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Dennis Rodman thinks he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize:

(CNN) - Former Chicago Bull’s basketball player Dennis Rodman thinks he should be in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this year.

In Sports Illustrated’s annual “Where Are They Now” issue, the hall of famer applauds Kim Jong Un for what could be called restraint on behalf of the reclusive leader. “Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever,” Rodman said.

Rodman has become as well-known, and perhaps as infamous, off the court as he was on it. Nicknamed “the Worm,” the eccentric player known for his hair and his outlandish outfits made a highly publicized trip to North Korea in February where he and Kim Jong Un bonded over a shared love of basketball. Afterward, Rodman was quoted as calling Kim Jong Un a “friend for life.”

Now, Rodman thinks that fondness for the sport is what should help bridge the gap between the United States and the enigmatic nuclear power.

“All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America. His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama,” Rodman is quoted as saying in Sports Illustrated. “Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what’s the harm in a simple phone call? This is a new age, man. Come on, Obama, reach out to Kim and be his friend.”

Rodman, who may or may not be in full possession of his mental faculties, apparently forgets that in the weeks after his visit to Pyongyang Kim Jong Un, cut off ties and communications with the South, purported to repudiated the 1953 armistise that ended the Korean War, closed the joint factory that the North had been operating with the South, threatened to rain destruction on South Korea, Japan, and the United States, and conducted a third underground nuclear test. Doesn’t sound very much like peace to me.

Then again, stranger things have happened.

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  1. Sam Malone says:

    “…Dennis Rodman thinks he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize…”

    And what…you don’t?

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  2. al-Ameda says:

    “All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America. His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama,” Rodman is quoted as saying in Sports Illustrated. “Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what’s the harm in a simple phone call? This is a new age, man. Come on, Obama, reach out to Kim and be his friend.”

    I think he should get the Nobel Prize in Fiction for that dialogue.

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  3. Paul Hooson says:

    I could see this crazy event coming all the way up Broadway. Nothing involving Dennis Rodman ever surprises me. He’s always been the NBA player from THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

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  4. Boyd says:

    It’s gotta be said (bring on the down-votes, you buncha pinko commie libtards!)…

    Dennis Rodman has arguably done more to earn the Nobel Peace Prize than President Obama in his brief time as candidate and office holder before his selection (or after, but that’s a different argument entirely).

    Okay, guys, it’s time to wake up and crank up the outrage machine! Let the ad hominem begin!

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  5. @Boyd:

    When I first heard that Obama had one the Nobel after only 9 months in office, my first reaction was to laugh.

    Not that the Nobel Committee (for Peace Prizes as opposed to the others, which are awarded by different means) had much credibility in my mind at that point anyway

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  6. Franklin says:

    While Obama clearly didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, it’s a bit of a stretch to say Rodman has done more than what Barack did before he received his. For example, I don’t think that chatting basketball with Kim is more significant than the Lugar-Obama Act.

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  7. Boyd says:

    I apologize for not telegraphing my punch(line), Franklin: it was a joke.

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  8. Franklin says:

    I know that, but it was just so close to the truth that I actually had to come up with some example (just for myself, really) to show it wasn’t.

    The official reason according to nobelprize.org is: “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” … which doesn’t really mean anything.

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  9. al-Ameda says:

    @Boyd:

    Dennis Rodman has arguably done more to earn the Nobel Peace Prize than
    President Obama in his brief time as candidate and office holder before his selection (or after, but that’s a different argument entirely).

    Speaking of ‘it needs to be said’ ….

    Obama deserves the Nobel Prize for Courage, based on his sharing the same city (Washington DC) with sworn enemies of our country (House Republicans).

    (All down voters are welcome, bring your own beverages, please)

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