By Frederick H. Lowe
Wearing a black PotCoin.com T-shirt with green letters, NBA hall of famer Dennis Rodman today arrived in North Korea, possibly to meet with Kim Jong Un, his friend, and the country’s supreme leader, during a tense time between the U.S. and North Korea.
Rodman was mobbed at Pyongyang International Airport by the press and onlookers who took pictures, jotted down notes, and put microphones in his face to record his every comment. Pyongyang is the nation’s capital and largest city.
Rodman’s arrival coincides with North Korea’s release of Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old junior from University of Virginia, who has been held since January 2016 and has been in a coma for 15 to 17 months. Warmbier is suffering from botulism.
Rodman has previously visited North Korea four times.
He said he wanted to ease tensions between the United States and North Korea by gaining the release of Americans held as prisoners in North Korea.
Rodman’s trip to North Korea and the country’s release of Warmbier, however, appear to be coincidental.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Warmbier’s release Tuesday morning. Rodman backed Donald Trump for president and he appeared twice on Trump’s television show “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Rodman starred with Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs. His trip was paid for by PotCoin, a cryptocurrency for legalized marijuana.
“I’m really looking forward to spending time with the wonderful people of North of North Korea and of course, visiting with the supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. I want to thank the folks at PotCoin,” Rodman said in a press release, “they realized the importance of this trip and made it all possible for me.”
Rodman’s long-time agent Darren Prince said, “Anyone who knows Dennis knows he’s trying to use his relationship to open the line of communication and send a message of peace and understanding.”
Rodman announced PotCoin was funding his trip about the same time U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote Congress telling members that he wanted to crack down on marijuana growing and legal sales.