Should Dennis Rodman Get 20 Years in Prison?

Ian-Fortey by Ian-Fortey on Jan. 08, 2014



By now you’re aware that Dennis Rodman is more than just a fool, he’s an ignorant and insultingly terrible one. To willfully turn a blind eye to the actions of a man responsible for hundreds if not thousands of murders, a man who starves, imprisons, oppresses and tortures countless of his own people while he lives in opulence, enjoying expensive food and drink and preposterously staged basketball games while his people die in prison camps is barely human.  To call someone friend who time and again threatens the safety of the entire world with nuclear weapons is idiotic.  To keep doing is borderline insane.

But you know that.  It’s big news right now.  Dennis Rodman melts down on CNN. Dennis Rodman, waste of space, somehow wastes more space in a more offensive way.  But there is something ever so slightly curious about this story that you may not have heard yet and it’s about Jameson’s Irish whiskey.  A fur coat.  An Italian suit.  And an English Mulberry handbag.

Head over to and you’ll find an interesting story based on this one from the Weekly Standard.  A source (so who knows, maybe this isn’t legit, but the writer at FreeKorea is vouching for the Weekly Standard author, at least) has painted a picture of Dennis Rodman arriving in Beijing, China, en route to Pyongyang, with luxurious gifts worth at least $10,000 for Kim Jong-Un.  Remember, he’s in North Korea for the little fart’s birthday.  Why should we care?  Because bringing luxury items into impoverished and heavily sanctioned North Korea is just super illegal.



One of the many fine dining establishments Rodman may be enjoying in his friend's country.

Both the UN and the US have imposed sanctions prohibiting exactly what Dennis Rodman has just done.  While Kim and his people enjoy yachting and fine foods, North Korea is undergoing one of this century’s most epic famines.  UN Resolution 1718 specifically bans bringing in any luxury items and resolution 2094 expands on this.  You can’t bring a tyrannical dictator fancy gifts.  It’s kind of gross.

Why sanction luxury items?  Because Kim, and his father before him, had a penchant for conducting nuclear tests, letting the citizen of North Korea live on a cup of rice a day, and then doing things like trying to spend $7 million on ski lifts.  Kim Jong-Il is reported to have bought over $2 million worth of watches per year. Per year!  Literally hundreds of thousands of people in North Korea starved to death during his reign, and that’s how his money was spent. 

When the international community gave food aid to the country, the government had it distributed to the military first.  Leftovers were given to the people who were actually starving.  Nothing has changed now that Kim Jr is behind the wheel.  He’s spent $300 million on building a ski resort, a dolphinarium and a 3D movie theater.    



Please tell me a dolphinarum is a cafeteria that servs dolphin.

If the UN Sanctions don’t have enough teeth, the US has executive orders in place that echo the UN, including Executive Order 13551, which bans any US citizen from bringing any luxury items of any sort into North Korea and empowers the Treasury Department to use any mean to enforce it. Violating an Executive Order brings with it a punishment of up to $1,000,000 in fines and 20 years in prison, plus civil penalties of up to$250,000.

Did Rodman definitely violate the rules?  While the UN sanctions only specify luxury items as gems, jewelry and yachts, the US embargo has listed, very specifically, furs, alcohol, designer clothes and many others, all of which require licenses to be taken into North Korea and all of which are denied licenses as a general policy.   Did Rodman somehow get a license?  Dude looks like he can’t be bothered to lift the seat half the time.  $5 says he never even heard of getting license to import gifts to Korea.

Will the Treasury Department be talking to Rodman when he gets back from his super fun happy trip to his best buddies sleepover birthday bash?  Let’s hope so. He broke US law by going there and he insults both nations at the same time by continuing his farce friendship.  The only good that comes from Rodman’s involvement is that the seething rage his ignorance provokes has caused people, like myself, to look up facts about what horrors actually go on in Korea and share them with people like you, who may share them again and spread the world to the rest of us who aren’t as ignorant as Rodman.  And that, of course, is despite Rodman, not thanks to him.



If you have friends who just shrug and say who cares, what’s the big deal if a washed up basketball player is in Korea, let them know what the big deal is.  Show them that video of a starving Korean girl who, less than half a year after this video was taken, was found dead in a field.  Let them read this open letter to Rodman from someone who escaped Korea.  Maybe they’ll get what he never can.

nickhar User

Wow... one of the dumbest comments ever.  

KealGSeo User

No, as you stated he worked around the law as all of us do. He took it to China and China has no laws against exporting to North Korea. Let me ask you this, have you ever connected to an unsecured wifi network? Illegal. Ever sang "Happy Birthday" in public? ASCAP owns a copyright on that, copyright infringement. Ever used a fake name to sign up for a website? Fraud. Made a personal bet with friends? Illegal gambling and tax evasion. Ever written anything "dark" or "disturbing"? A lot of states that is illegal under their disorderly conduct laws. Do you own a permanent marker? Almost EVERY states anti-graffiti laws prohibit possession in public places because it could be used for vandalism. (Conspiracy, similar to having "burglar tools")

Point is we all the break the law. Do we all deserve to go to jail? Victimless crimes are not crimes. As for Rodman, where is the victim? The citizens? How does his piddly little $10k in merchandise affect the citizens? Kim is a multi-millionaire, or at least has it as his disposal.

Chris Harrison
Chris Harrison

That yellow-green hair is reason enough for 20 years in prison

Chad-Freeman-633 User

One may soon find that the 1% elite who rule our country from behind the thrown have been getting away with the same dictatorial tactics, hidden from the media's eye, while giving us all the illusion of freedom. You can trust the fact that someone like Bush, for example, has more in common with Kim Jr. than he does with you or I.

CurTas UserTop Commenter

These types of leaders make me sick. Rodman as well. 

James Kong
James Kong

Treason? That's stupid. Hopefully if anything, Rodman will put a real "face" in that crazy Dictators head of America and he'll stop being so crazy? Worst case, less Rodman in the US. Seems win win for everyone.

Meghan Doughty
Meghan Doughty

Just because one American makes a bad choice, doesn't mean the rest of us are stupid. I hate my country though, I plan on leaving it as soon as I can afford it.

John Mooreland
John Mooreland

He should not get prison time, but some time with a therapist wouldn't hurt.

James Meade
James Meade

Pretty dam good if you ask me....Seems as if the republicans are out to hang this black man the republican party the KKK by other identification

David Erler
David Erler

I am not a fan of Rodman or North Korea I just wonder why we cannot travel this world freely when ever and where ever you want just sayin. Government cause us to be separate. I love America but we are all stuck on the same rock

Chris Troutman
Chris Troutman

Wow ppl are cry babby let ppl do what they want dam what have USA become

Samtex User

Wonder what would happen if you push around a US Police Officer like that lady did at 01:20...

Brent-7735 User

I support and understand what Rodham is doing. Here's the deal. Condemning what you don't want only keeps it in place. The problem with North Korea is, they have isolated themselves from all influence and OBVIOUSLY they don't give a rats xxx about the sanctions or what you think. If you ever tried to get a child to do anything without having any relationship to him, you'll understand what I mean. Dennis is wanting to open the borders by starting a conversation to bring these guys to the table. Only then do you have any chance for them showing and experiencing a humanity outside of your borders. Yes Kim has done what a multi-millionaire will do in the name of trying to make a good representation for his country and doing so, is oppressing others. This is very, very bad. But as *nothing* has helped, why not showing him another world where we don't oppress others and what that would be like? First you need to stop dismissing him and he won't reply with dismissing others. Rodham has more power right now to influence the policy and release people imprisoned then ANY of the naysayers and people criticizing on this forum or anyone else in the country. Why? Because he has had the courage and balls to engage him and come from a good place in doing so. Only good can come out of that. He and his team are not pussying up to him. They're coming out of respect, not for what he's done, but what the good it will do.

Peter Trau
Peter Trau

Two oh, so attractive people with matching intellects.

LiftO User

Rodman should simply be denied permission to return back to the USA

He is a washed up embarrassment to his country and professional sports.

Pinefang User

Rodman should at the very least be tried for breaking the law. Anyone else would be tried I just hope his money doesn't buy his way out.

Frank-Martin-695 User

LOL, for this same reason should we execute bono for hanging out with the Obama's??

SteveDone User

The former lover of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been executed by machine gun amid claims that she had been appearing in pornographic videos.

Feelsbadforyou User

I don't like the leader of North Korea either but, the wording in this article is just angry and presumptuous.  Opinion pieces are fine but the amount of emotion in this just comes off as...amateur.

Gigi Terrasi
Gigi Terrasi

that would be a good start. He is a traitor, more so than Ed Snowden in my opinion......He is doing more harm than good placating to this commie murderer....

T.j. Casterson
T.j. Casterson

Lol what if hes actually a deep cover CIA agent.

Trent Hudyma
Trent Hudyma

Oh man... North Korea is best Korea some say... Why wouldn't you want to go somewhere that pampers the living shit out of you for being a nobody?

Danielle Johnson
Danielle Johnson

If he should, then so should Mariah Carey. That's absurd

Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton

Don't let him back in the country!!! Let the worm stay there.

Haylie Cox
Haylie Cox

Treason? Because he knows all our country's secrets? I think we are safe. They can keep him though.

Fortey User

@Brent-7735He was educated outside of North Korea, he knows what the rest of the world is like.  He doesn't need an idiot like Rodman to show him.  Do you really think Rodman is ever or has ever said anything to Kim about the way he runs his country?  The dude just had his own uncle shot.

Kay-Bahm-83 User

I totally agree, I think this is all planned by the US and UN somehow