Petition Asks To Remove Rodman From HoF
A petition from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation started a petition on change.org asking for the NBA to remove Dennis Rodman from the The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The petition said that the former Chicago Bulls player consistently defends Kim Jong-Un and has referred to him as a “friend for life.” Some of these recent outrage comes from the recently released Otto Warmbier.
Rodman has traveled to North Korea on five different occasions. His latest trip was only one week ago and happened to occur at the same time that the American college student was released.
“Otto Warmbier Murdered By Regime”
An official statement read:
“Otto Warmbier was murdered by the North Korean regime. The barbarous treatment received by this young American at the hands of his North Korean captors is sadly not a unique act. North Korea’s government has a record of forcing innocent American tourists into decades of hard labor and of beating and torturing them to the point of death.”
“Their own people receive the same treatment, or worse, on a daily basis. Dennis Rodman’s complacency and coddling of Kim Jong-un romanticizes and makes light of how dangerous North Korea is to its own people and Americans who travel there. Removing Rodman from the Hall of Fame will send a message that all Americans are united against this regime.”
NBA Hall of Fame Yet To Comment
Sporting News reports:
“The Basketball Hall of Fame has yet to comment on the petition, which as of Wednesday morning had 514 supporters of 1,000 sought. Rodman was enshrined in the Hall in 2011, following a 14-year NBA career during which he played on five championship teams and twice was the league’s defensive player of the year.”