Sports Talk: Ex-NBA player no envoy

Dennis Rodman has been duped.

As many of you probably know by now, the former NBA player (and not star, either) went on a so-called basketball diplomacy, “peace and love” mission with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters to Cummunist North Korea.

Apparently, the 51-year-old Rodman’s visit is being filmed by HBO.

Don’t forget to get footage of the long-suffering North Korean people in the countryside – if you can.

In North Korea, Rodman rubbed elbows with dictator Kim Jung Un, even calling him “a friend for life.”

A friend for life?

Rodman hardly knows the guy.

Who’s Rodman going to befriend next, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran?

It’s probably fortunate that Rodman wasn’t around during World War II. If he had been, he could’ve tried to meet a lot of unsavory statesmen overseas.

Of course, the United States is not technically at war with North Korea, but then the two nations don’t have diplomatic relations, either, thanks to a war fought from 1950 to 1953. That “conflict,” which claimed 54,229 American lives, ended in a truce with no peace treaty signed.

Think about that for a minute, 54,229 servicemen died and countless other people suffered unimaginable horrors to help make it possible for Rodman to take a stupid basketball trip 60 years later.

It’s doubtful Rodman gives it any thought at all, though.

Thing is, he definitely needs to read about places like Inchon Landing, Chosin Reservoir, and Pork Chop Hill.

Rodman majored in basketball when he attended Cooke County College first and then Southeastern Oklahoma State University. If he took any history courses at these schools, it’s not very apparent.

If Rodman did, he would know that North Korea is a totalitarian regime with no freedoms whatsover. If he resided there, he would probably be in dire straights and starving like most of the citizens of that nation.

Rodman says he’s not a politician.

Duh, really?

What is he?

It’s doubtful he could even answer that.

Rodman should consider himself fortunate to be born in the USA and blessed with the skills and opportunity to make a living as a professional basketball player, actor, etc.

Now, he’s made a horrible mistake – just like actress Jane Fonda did when she visited North Vietnam in 1972.

Fonda hasn’t lived that down – even today.

Rodman won’t, either, when he returns stateside.

Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor, and can be reached at 376-5441 or at