Dennis Rodman Says He Deserves Nobel Peace Prize Consideration

by July 03, 2013

NBA legend and all-around madman Dennis Rodman continues to squeeze all he can from his recent trip to North Korea. For his efforts, The Worm tells SI that he should be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize for trying to thaw relations between America and North Korea: “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know,’ Dennis Rodman says. ‘I’ll go anywhere that I’m needed,’ says the Hall of Fame forward who won seven straight rebounding titles and two defensive player of the year awards and was part of five championship teams during his tumultuous 14 seasons in the NBA. ‘I’m living famous and living infamous and enjoying the whole crazy carnival to the fullest.’ The latest episode in ‘As the Worm Turns’ took him to North Korea, where a stunt based on promoting basketball and democracy dreamed up for the season finale of HBO’s Vice afforded Rodman serious face and partying time with Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s Supreme Leader. Rodman even serenaded the reclusive dictator—whom he calls ‘really awesome’ and a ‘friend for life’—with Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’ Rodman on Kim Jong-un: ‘Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever. People say he’s the worst guy in the world. All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America. His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what’s the harm in a simple phone call? Come on, Obama, reach out to Kim and be his friend.’ Rodman adds: ‘If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.'”