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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rodman ending NoKo visit, vows to return

Pyongyang -- The former NBA star and two-time "Celebrity Apprentice" performer Dennis Rodman is ready to come home after a brief visit to the hermit nation's capital.

As he strutted his stuff to the airport, the flamboyant Rodman promised to return and said this "thoughts and prayers" are with the family of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 torturous months. He was released just hours before Rodman touched down there.

U.S. and North Korean officials said Rodman had no role in freeing Warmbier and it was simply a coincidence that he arrived so close to his release. 

In fact, three more American citizens remain in North Korean custody, and although Rodman couldn't help free them, he did get to play basketball with men and women's teams.

The NBA champ also visited the city zoo, met Olympic athletes and presented the country's sports minister with an unsigned copy of "The Art of the Deal" by President Trump. He also gave the sports minister "Where's Waldo" travel edition, both to be passed on to Kim Jong Un, who enjoys finding Waldo and killing his own family with artillery pieces.

Rodman's earlier trips to North Korea generated loads of publicity, especially when he regaled Kim with a rendition of "Happy Birthday" at an exhibition game he arranged with some other former NBA players. During that time there, he suggested that an American missionary was to blame for his own imprisonment in North Korea, for which he later apologized.

U.S. citizens aren't banned from traveling to North Korea, but the U.S. State Department strongly advises against it, and the reason is obvious when you consider what has happened to Otto Warmbier, who is now in a coma with severe brain damage, possibly from torture.