Kerry Knocks Rodman: 'As a Diplomat, He Was a Great Basketball Player'
1:49 PM, Mar 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
John Kerry knocked Dennis Rodman in an interview today with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. Kerry suggests that Rodman should stick to basketball, not diplomacy.
"North Korea, speaking of military, there seems to be some movement towards agreement with China on sanctions, UN sanctions against the North for their nuclear test," Mitchell asked Kerry, according to a transcript provided by the State Department. "Is it helpful when someone as high-profile as Dennis Rodman goes to Pyongyang and calls Kim Jong-un a great friend, his best friend, a nice guy? Doesn’t that undercut pressure from the West?"
"You know what? Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player, and that’s where we’ll leave it," Kerry responded, dismissing Rodman who recently visited North Korea and praised its leader.
"And as a diplomat, you have been a senator for decades, you’ve been your own boss," Mitchell responded, changing the topic away from the eccentric basketball player.