After Brittney Griner got sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison on drug charges, Dennis Rodman promised to help her.
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman announced his plans to visit Russia to secure Brittney Griner’s release from prison.
“I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” he said on August 20 at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. “I’m trying to go this week.”
Griner received a nine-year sentence earlier this month for drug offenses related to her February arrest at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. A court in Russia found the athlete guilty of drug possession and smuggling and guilty of committing the crime. Her lawyer has since filed an appeal.
Meanwhile, Bill Richardson, formerly the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Associated Press that he was hopeful about a prisoner swap with Russia that would bring Griner home and Paul Whelan home as well.
Rodman, 67, could go to Russia, but this isn’t the first time he’s engaged in international affairs. In the last decade, the Celebrity Mole alum has raised eyebrows for his tight connection with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and has assembled multiple visits to his country.
During his 2014 trip to Moscow, Rodman called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “cool guy” after a trip to Moscow, acting as an informal representative of his sport.
“They don’t know about American basketball, American football,” he explained to his Russian friends. “I went over there to represent America as far as basketball is concerned.”
Star added, “I’m not a politician. I’m just a basketball ambassador. That’s it.”
Meanwhile, then-CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pressed Rodman on the topic, urging him to use his friendship with Jong-un to free American Kenneth Bae from North Korea. It is famous that the athlete threw a tantrum at the journalist and opposed the idea of using his connections to help Bae.
He apologized later for his statements, claiming he had been drinking and was stressed out. Additionally, he believed he spent 30 days in rehab for him.
As soon as Bae returned to the United States later that year, Rodman claimed credit, telling that. “No doubt, our trips helped influence Kenneth Bae’s release,” he said, “and I’m happy he is coming home safely.”