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24. Dennis Rodman North Korea

The Year: 2013

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Dennis Rodman is one of the original bad boys of basketball. And somehow is post career is making a not so quiet impact on none other than North Korea and USA politics.

In 2013 Rodman traveled to the isolated nation to meet with the leader of North Korea who is a noted and well known basketball fanatic.

In the beginning, Rodman wholeheartedly rejected the role of foreign emissary, telling reporters pointedly, “I am not a diplomat.” But if it looks like a diplomat and tweets like a diplomat, is it a diplomat?

His trips have been sponsored by a media company, an online gambling outfit and, most recently, a marijuana cryptocurrency company. He’s broken news (confirming the Kims had a baby girl) and even been credited for the release of an American prisoner.

Rodman, the always outspoken and flamboyant former NBA all-star, might just be the real deal with trying to solve foreign affairs with North Korea.

 “I hate the fact that he’s doing that [human rights violations], but the fact is that, you know what, that’s a human being, though. He let his guard down one day to me, a friend.”- Dennis Rodman on Kim Jong Un

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