Rodman eyes North trip to free U.S. man

AFP-JIJI

In an interview aired Friday, basketball hall-of-famer Dennis Rodman said he plans a second trip to North Korea to try to use his budding friendship with leader Kim Jong Un to free an imprisoned American.

The flamboyant basketball legend, approached by celebrity news website TMZ as he walked on a Los Angeles street Thursday, said he will return to North Korea on Aug. 1 on a mission to secure the release of tour organizer Kenneth Bae.

“I’ll be back over there. I’m going to try to get the guy out,” the heavily tattooed Rodman said.

North Korea recently sentenced Bae to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” against the communist regime.