Following a recent trip to Moscow, former NBA player and “basketball ambassador” Dennis Rodman said in a Tuesday interview with FBN’s Melissa Francis that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “actually cool.”
Rodman said his meeting with Putin was not nearly as extensive as his past encounters with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
“I did a little charity event out there. The president asked me to come out there,” said Rodman. “I wanted to – I hung out with those guys for a minute.”
“You know, he’s actually cool,” said the former teammate of NBA great Michael Jordan. “I’m not going to say – I’m not talking about politics, I ain’t about politics…this was my first time meeting him. He just walked in shook my hand and left with all his people. I just stayed there and had a good time at his restaurant.”
Francis asked Rodman about the North Korean dictator, who spent multiple weeks out of the public eye. Earlier this year, Rodman made headlines when he proclaimed that Kim Jong-un was “my fucking friend,” adding “I love him.”
“You just had to bring that up,” Rodman began. “I haven’t talked to him since the last time I think in January and like I said I really haven’t been communicating with him the last nine months, but I got to say hey I’m not a politician.”
“I said that from day one I’m saying this today. I’m not a politician I’m just a basketball ambassador that’s it. It’s not about me trying to go free the world or trying to do stuff like that,” Rodman continued. “I just try to go over there and create some really good harmony and good happiness from around the world. That’s about it. Everything else I don’t want to get into politics. That’s not my business.”