Dennis Rodman gets fiery with CNN’s Chris Cuomo

Dennis Rodman gets fiery with CNN’s Chris Cuomo


ONE OF THEM, CHARLES SMITH, WOUND UP HAVING TO DEFEND RODMAN. HERE’S MORE OF IT RIGHT NOW. >>WE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE DPRK OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ON INVITATION TO DO THIS GAME. THIS ISN’T ABOUT DENNIS — I’M SORRY. DENNIS — LIKE I SAID, I DIDN’T LIKE DENNIS. I COMPETED AGAINST HIM. WE WERE NOT FRIENDS. AND OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, WE BECOME BROTHERS. I MEAN, WE GO OUT ON THE ROAD AND WE HAVE A GREAT TIME TOGETHER. WE DO A LOT OF GOOD STUFF. BUT UNDERSTAND THIS. UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS NOT HERE AND I AM NOT HERE — NONE OF THESE GUYS ARE HERE TO TALK ANY SENSE INTO ANY POLITICIAN AND TO HAVE ANY — OTHER THAN BASKETBALL DIPLOMACY WHICH I FEEL IS ABOUT HAVING A RELATION — UTILIZING THE RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS IN AN ACCOMMODATING WAY THROUGH BASKETBALL WHICH WE DID TODAY WITH THE NORTH KOREAN TEAM. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE HERE FOR. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THE LEADERS ARE ARE GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY? WE’RE NOT HERE TO DO THAT. WE’RE HERE SPECIFICALLY TO PUT SMILES ON PEOPLE’S FACES. EVERY LASTING MEMORIES IN THE MINDS OF INDIVIDUALS. AND HOPEFULLY, WITH THE GOOD WORK THAT WE DO, WE GIVE TO CHARITY WHILE WE’RE HERE. AND WE’RE JUST GOING TO BE AN EXAMPLE TO HOW WE ARE AS AMERICANS WHEN IT COMES TO THE SPORT OF BASKETBALL. SO PLEASE, DON’T CONTINUE TO PUT POLITICS INTO THAT. >>I GET IT, CHARLES. THE PROBLEM IS IT’S MORE COMPLICATED THAN BASKETBALL. IT JUST IS.>>YOU SAY — YOU KNOW, AND YOU SAY IT’S MORE COMPLICATED THAN BASKETBALL. BASKETBALL IS NOT COMPLICATED TO US AND THAT’S WHAT WE DO. WE’RE NOT IN HERE FOR COMPLICATIONS. AND AGAIN, WE APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT HAS KIND OF THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN CREATED FROM OUR PRESENCE. WE’RE NOT APOLOGIZING FOR DOING WHAT WE DO. WE’RE CONNECTING PEOPLE TO BASKETBALL AND PEOPLE TO PEOPLE.>>I GET IT. THAT’S ALL GOOD CHARLES. >>ALL RELATIONAL. >>THAT’S ALL GOOD. >>YOU SAY YOU GET IT, BUT THAT’S ALL WE’RE DOING. >>BUT THE GAME HAS BEEN PRESENTED — THE GAME HAS BEEN PRESENTED AS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT — THE GAME HAS BEEN PRESENTED AS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO THE RULER. I’M NOT HERE TO FIGHT WITH YOU GUYS. I RESPECT WHAT YOU’RE DOING. I’M CONCERNED FOR THE FAMILY OF THIS MAN WHO IS HELD THERE. AND I’M CONCERNED, AS MANY MERPS ARE — AMERICANS ARE, GIVING A BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO A MAN WHO JUST EXECUTED HIS UNCLE. >>YOU CAN CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT AT THIS TIMES THAT IS — ACTIVITIES THAT TAKE PLACE HERE. WE HAVE — THERE’S ACTIVITIES THAT TAKE PLACE ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE ARE USING BASKETBALL AS A BRIDGE FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE. AND THAT’S ALL ABOUT COMMUNICATION. WE’RE NOT — AGAIN, WE’RE NOT HERE TO DEAL WITH THE POLITICS. THE DATE OF THE GAME IS THE DATE OF THE GAME. IT WAS ARRANGED THAT WAY. WE’RE HERE TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE. NOW, LET ME GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES. WHEN WE SPOKE TO THE NORTH KOREAN PLAYERS TODAY THROUGH THE TRANS LAY TORS, THEY ASKED US QUESTIONS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL, THEY ASKED US QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW WE LIVE, THEY ASKED IS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GAME. WE INTERACTED WITH THEM. WE REPRESENTED OUR COUNTRY IN BASKETBALL. AND WE ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL ABOUT IT. THE FANS AFTERWARDS SAID THINGS LIKE, WE HAD NO IDEA, YOU GUYS ARE RETIRED, YOU GUYS ARE OLDER, BUT YOUR SKILL IS SUPERIOR AND YOU TAUGHT US A LOT. THEY THANKED DENNIS FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. THAT’S THE JOY THAT WE GET OUT OF THIS.>>AND I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AND EFFECTIVENESS. I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AND EFFECTIVENESS IN INFLUENCING THE PEOPLE THERE. DENNIS, LET ME END ON THIS. YOU DO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS MAN. YOU’VE SAID IT MANY TIMES.>>YES. >>ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY IF YOU GET IT TO SPEAK UP FOR THE FAMILY OF KENNETH BAE AND SAY, LET US KNOW WHY THIS MAN IS BEING HELD? IF YOU CAN HELP THEM, WILL YOU TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY?>>WATCH THIS. THE ONE THING ABOUT POLITICS, KENNETH BAE DID ONE THING, IF YOU UNDERSTAND — IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT KENNETH BAE DID, DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT HE DID?>>WHAT DID HE DO? YOU TELL ME. >>IN HIS COUNTRY. >>YOU TELL ME. YOU TELL ME. WHY IS HE HELD CAPTIVE. >>THEY HAVEN’T RELEASED ANY CHARGES. THEY HAVEN’T RELEASED ANY REASON. >>LISTEN. LISTEN.>>I WOULD LOVE TO SPEAK ON THIS. >>GO AHEAD. >>YOU KNOW, YOU GOTTEN GUYS HERE — TEN GUYS HERE THAT HAVE LEFT THEIR FAMILIES, LEFT THEY FAMILIES TO HELP THIS COUNTRY IN A SPORTS VENTURE. TEN GUYS, ALL THESE GUYS HERE. DO ANYONE UNDERSTAND THAT?>>WE DO. AND WE APPRECIATE THAT. >>CHRISTMAS — I DON’T GIVE [ BLEEP ] LOOK AT THESE GUYS. LOOK AT THEM. >>DON’T USE THEM AS AN EXCUSE FOR THE BEHAVIOR THAT YOU’RE PUTTING ON YOURSELF. YOU JUST BASICALLY WERE SAYING THAT KENNETH BAE DID SOMETHING WRONG. WE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE CHARGES ARE.>>LISTEN. LISTEN. LISTEN.>>I GOT IT. LET ME DO THIS. LET ME — LET ME. I’M GOING TO TELL YOU ONE THING. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD — AROUND THE WORLD — I’M GOING TO DO ONE THING. YOU DON’T DIE BEHIND THE MIC RIGHT NOW. THE GUYS HERE DO ONE THING. WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO AMERICA AND TAKE THE ABUSE. WE GOING TO TAKE. DO YOU, SIR, LET ME KNOW — WE GOING TO GET IT. BUT GUESS WHAT THOUGH? ONE DAY, ONE DAY THIS DUDE IS GOING TO OPEN BECAUSE THESE TEN GUYS HERE, ALL OF US, CHRISTY, DENNIS, CHARLES, EVERYBODY HERE, IF WE COULD JUST OPEN THE DOOR JUST A LITTLE BIT FOR PEOPLE TO COME HERE AND DO ONE THING — >>AND DENNIS MAKES A GREAT POINT. THERE ARE OTHER AMERICANS HERE ON THIS TRIP. YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE’RE NOT ALONE. WE’RE IN PASSAGE WITH ABOUT 50 PEOPLE. THEY’RE HERE ON THE TOUR. WE’VE INTERACTED WITH THEM AS WELL. THE KEY IS YOU CAN BAIT DENNIS. >>CHARLES — CHARLES, THAT’S NOT MY INTENTION. >>THAT’S NOT — >>THAT’S NOT MY INTENTION — >>LET ME FINISH. IF THAT’S NOT YOUR INTENTION, WE’RE SAID NUMEROUS TIMES THAT WE’RE NOT HERE FOR ANY POLITICAL ASPECTS. WE’RE NOT HERE TO TALK POLITICS. SO OUTSIDE OF THAT, ANY QUESTIONS THAT COME BACK THROUGH THAT IS BATHING TO GET US — BAIT ING TO GET IS INTO POLITICS.>>CHARLES, I UNDERSTAND IT AS WELL. I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK WITH THE CULTURAL

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