“Your Father And Grandfather Did Some F***d Up S**t But You’re Making a Change”: Dennis Rodman Once Received Applause for His Toast to Kim Jong-un

Published 09/22/2022, 2:30 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 14: Dennis Rodman attends the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis at Hollywood Palladium on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman is no stranger to controversy. The five-time NBA champion speaks his mind and doesn’t shy away from any sort of confrontation. However, this could have led to some dangerous consequences for him during one of his visits to North Korea.

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Rodman is a close friend of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un and visits North Korea often. During one such visit, Rodman gave a toast to Jong-un on his birthday which could have had unpleasant ramifications for the former Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons star. The two-time NBA All-Star surprised everyone with his choice of words for the Supreme Leader.

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In an interview, Rodman was asked about a moment where he said, “Your father and grandfather did some f****d up s**t but you’re making a change“. Rodman revealed that he was present in North Korea for Jong-un’s birthday celebrations a few years ago.

It was funny because I gave a toast to him on his birthday“, reminisced Rodman. He then admitted to having said those words. He said, “He was sitting right beside me and I stood up and said that f*****g thing”.

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One of Rodman’s friends asked him whether he knew what he had said to which Rodman replied, “Nope!”. While it was a risky thing to say, the audience clapped for Rodman. He believed they applauded because he said that Jong-un was trying to make a change. Things ended well for Rodman as Jong-Un didn’t take offense to what he had said.

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un

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Rodman and Jong-un have one of the unlikeliest of friendships. Rodman has revealed in the past that their friendship is purely based on entertainment. Jong-un was a big fan of the Chicago Bulls in the 90s and actually tried to get Michael Jordan to come to North Korea. However, he refused which resulted in Rodman getting the opportunity.

HOLLYWOOD, FL – JULY 19: Dennis Rodman is seen on July 19, 2020, in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by MediaPunch/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Rodman has also mentioned that he is always treated like a star in North Korea. He gets to sit with Jong-un and is provided with all sorts of entertainment.

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Pragya Vashisth

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Pragya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed Masters in Sports Management from the International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai, he has been a passionate fan of the NBA since 2010. Pragya is a massive supporter of LeBron James and just wants to enjoy the twilight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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