“I think we as people should understand our roles in life,” Mr. O'Neal said. “And I think certain people should leave the diplomacy to diplomats. It was a very, very risky move what he did.”
A perplexed Stephanopoulos asked the basketball player how he could cozy up to a country with such an abominable human rights record.
“I don’t condone that. I hate the fact that he’s doing that. I didn’t talk about that. I saw people respected him, his family. He’s only 28. He’s not his dad. He’s not his grandpa. He is 28 years old. He’s very humble. He’s a very humble man. He don’t want war, that’s one thing he don’t want. He loves power. He loves control, because of his father, you know, stuff like that. But he’s just … he’s a great guy. He’s just a great guy. You sit down and talk to him,” Mr.Rodman said.
“We have prison camps here in the United States?” Mr. Stephanopoulos asked.
“This is all politics right? He don’t want to do that,” Mr. Rodman said, avoiding the question. “He was a great guy to me. He was my friend. I don’t condone what he does. But as a person to person, he’s my friend. What I did was history. He’s a friend to me. That’s about it.”
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Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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