Dennis Rodman I’ll Russia TO GREATLY HELP Free Brittney Griner
8/21/2022 11: 43 AM PT
The ex-NBA star told NBC News this weekend that he’s thinking about jetting off this week, adding he got “permission” to head over there and “help that girl” in a would-be prisoner swap. Unclear if Rodman is serious or not … but his background suggests he could possibly be.
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman says he plans to go to Russia to get the release of Brittney Griner.
Once we all know … DR has visited North Korea a whole lot through the years and built a relationship with Kim Jong Un. Rodman has always insisted his connections in N. Korea have helped U.S. diplomatic efforts — like the release of an American prisoner, Kenneth Bae.
Needless to say, he also tagged alongside then-President Donald Trump for a 2018 visit to the communist country. Having said that, his actual influence has always gotten an elevated eyebrow.
There is not a lot more to the NBC interview — which appears like it had been fast and on the road, as there is no video or anything beyond text quotes — apart from Rodman suggesting that he’s also acquainted with Vladimir Putin, adding he knows the first choice “well.”
As NBC along with other outlets have noted … Rodman doesn’t absolutely need permission to check out Russia at this time — and there is no word yet on whether it is a U.S.-sanctioned effort.
The feds have advised Americans never to happen to be Russia right now — and they are already actively focusing on securing BG’s release — but we suppose we’ll see if DR actually touches down soon to do a thing that isn’t already happening. BTW, he was around in D.C. this weekend for a meeting … so maybe geopolitics were top of mind for him.
It is also possible he’s got a soft spot for the Griner sitch … seeing how he’s a fellow hooper himself. Stranger things have happened — here’s hoping Vlad’s a large ’90s Bulls fan.