Ex-NBA star: I had no choice once in North Korea


DON’T WANT TO BE TOO HARSH ON YOU, KENNY, BECAUSE I KNOW YOU’RE THE MAIN CULPRIT HERE. BUT I FELT THAT, YOU KNOW, FOR ALL THESE STARS TO GO OUT THERE AND EMBRACE THIS GUY, WHO IS A PRETTY EVIL MAN, RUNNING A VERY EVIL REGIME. YOU YOURSELF MET HIM, KIM JONG-UN, AND SHOOK HIS HAND, RIGHT? WHEN YOU WERE DOING THAT, DID YOU NOT THINK TO YOURSELF, IF YOU ONLY KNEW THE KIND OF FURY THAT WAS GOING ON. DID YOU THINK TO YOURSELF, WHY AM I DOING THIS?>>I’M OVER THERE NOW. I HAD NO WAY — YOU KNOW, I STAY AT THE HOTEL, I BOYCOTT, I WAS CLOUDY. YOU KNOW, I’M OVER IN ANOTHER –>>YOU STILL SHOOK HIS HAND.>>I HAD NO CHOICE. I WAS GOING TO DO IT, REGARDLESS.>>WHY DID YOU HAVE NO CHOICE?>>BECAUSE I FEARED — YOU KNOW, YOU FEAR WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW. AND YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, I GOT THE PHONE CALL, A FEW HOURS BEFORE THE GAME. MY WIFE WAS CRYING. SHE WAS LIKE, DON’T PLAY. SHE WAS SCARED FOR MY SAFETY. SO I HAD NO CHOICE. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE GOT THERE, THEY TOOK — YOU KNOW, THEY TAKE OUR PASSPORTS AWAY, YOU KNOW? AND I JUST — I HAD TO FINISH WHAT I STARTED.>>DID YOU FEEL ASHAMED AS YOU WERE DOING IT?>>I FELT BAD. I FELT BAD. I FELT VERY BAD THAT, YOU KNOW, FOR MY FAMILY, YOU KNOW, FOR MY CLOSE FRIENDS AND AMERICANS AND PEOPLE THAT LOOKED UP TO KENNY ANDERSON.>>YOU’VE BEEN A HERO TO. YOU’VE BEEN A SPORTING ICON. A GREAT ROLE MODEL IN MANY WAYS. AND YOU KNOW, YOU COME BRAVELY ON THE SHOW. I DON’T WANT TO PILLORY YOU TOO MUCH FOR IT. BUT, ON BEHALF OF THE OTHERS, WHO HAVEN’T SPOKEN OUT, WHAT DO YOU THINK EVERYBODY FEELS ABOUT IT? DO YOU FEEL THAT DENNIS, IN A WAY, SUCKERED YOU INTO SOMETHING THAT YOU JUST REALLY SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN?>>FIRST OF ALL, I’M 43 YEARS OLD. I MAKE MY OWN DECISIONS. AND LIKE I SAID, I KEEP GOING BACK TO IT — I WAS UPSET WITH MYSELF, JUST NOT DOING MY DUE DILIGENCE ABOUT THIS TRIP. I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS GOING TO GIVE ME SO MUSH BACKLASH.>>WHAT REACTION HAVE YOU HAD FROM PEOPLE? NOT, LIKE, WHY DID YOU GO? YOU KNOW, DID YOU KNOW? SO, YOU KNOW. LIKE I SAID, MY MAIN THING WAS MY WIFE AND MY KIDS AT SCHOOL, WHEN THEY WAS GETTING APPROACHED. AND I’M — ALL I DO IS PLAY BASKETBALL, AND YOU KNOW, THE GAME THAT GAVE ME SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING. SINCE RETIRING, TRAVELING AROUND, PLAYING GAMES IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.>>THE NBA COMMISSIONER, DAVID STERN, ISSUED A STATEMENT, SAYING THE NBA IS NOT INVOLVED AND WOULD NOT PARTICIPATE WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT. ALTHOUGH SPORTS IN MANY INSTANCES CAN BE HELPFUL IN BRIDGING CULTURAL DIVIDES, THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. I WANT TO PLAY A CLIP NOW. THIS IS WHEN DENNIS RODMAN — TO ME, THIS IS THE WORST MOMENT. WHEN HE SINGS HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KIM JONG-UN. LET’S WATCH THIS. ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♪ ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♪ ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♪>>I MEAN, IT’S AWFUL IMAGERY, ISN’T IT? WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, KENNY? BECAUSE YOU LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF PUPPETS, STOOGES, PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT THERE TO BASICALLY PROP UP AND SUPPORT AN EVIL REGIME. YOU’RE CLAPPING LIKE THE WAY THEY MAKE THEIR PEOPLE CLAP.>>NOW LOOKING BACK ON IT, YOU KNOW, WE WERE. WE’RE OVER THERE NOW. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE. YOU KNOW, I JUST DID AS, YOU KNOW — >>IT MUST MAKE YOUR SKIN CRAWL, DOESN’T IT?>>IT BOTHERED ME.>>WHEN YOU WATCH IT NOW, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>ALL THE INFORMATION — >>YOU’RE STANDING THERE CLAPPING THIS MONSTER.>>LET ME INTERJECT.>>YEAH?>>IF I MAY. YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE INTERVIEW, KENNY IS ABOUT THE KIDS, OKAY?>>WELL, HE WASN’T ABOUT THE KIDS OUT THERE.>>LET ME FINISH.>>I DON’T MEAN TO BE HARSH, BUT HE’S NOT OUT THERE HELPING THE KIDS. HE’S HELPING — >>THAT’S WHAT I WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE CLINICS, CAMPS, YOU KNOW, DEALING WITH KIDS. THAT’S WHAT I WAS — >>BUT WHEN YOU WATCH THAT VIDEO, TO HAVE THAT MOMENT, ACTUALLY, WHAT YOU WERE DOING WAS BEING USED AS A STOOGE AND A PUPPET FOR THIS REGIME.>>A PUPPET.>>LOOK, CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION?>>SURE.>>WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THEY TOOK YOUR PASSPORT AT A HOTEL AND YOU WENT THERE, UNDER FALSE PRETENSES, IF YOU WILL. NOT REALLY KNOWING WHAT YOU GOT

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