Dennis Rodman is an ex-NBA-basketball player.
In 2013 Rodman visited North Korea and met the dictator Kim Jong-un. He said that the communist tyrant is a "friend for life". He has visited the country a total of four times, including in January 2014 for Kim Jong-un's birthday. When asked why he would not use the opportunity to raise the issue of the imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae, he lashed out at CNN.