North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un may have threatened the U.S. with nuclear attacks and fed his own uncle alive to 120 starving dogs, but former NBA star Dennis Rodman said he “loves” the dictator. Rodman made his fourth trip to Pyongyang this morning with several other former NBA players, all of whom will take part in an exhibition game with some of the top basketball players in North Korea. He said that “you will see me with [Kim] the whole time” and even declared that he wasn’t worried about what happened to the North Korean tyrant’s uncle.
“I am not going to sit there and go ‘Hey guy, you are doing the wrong thing. That is not the right way to do it. He is my friend first… and I love him,” said Rodman in a profanity-laced interview. Previously describing Kim as a “friend for life,” Rodman described his trip to North Korea as “basketball diplomacy” and said he wanted the exhibition game to “open the doors” to “talk about certain things.”
Kim’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was convicted last month of attempting to overthrow the state and “thrice-cursed acts of treachery,” according to state media, and was sentenced to immediate execution. Initial reports stated that the uncle was put to death by a firing squad. However, a Beijing-linked Hong Kong newspaper reported that Thaek was stripped naked, thrown into a cage with five of his associates as 300 officials looked on, and devoured by 120 hounds “until they were completely eaten up.”
It reportedly took an hour for the six individuals to be eaten by the dogs. Although Kim approved the execution, officials in Pyongyang have not specified how it was carried out.