The sister of an American held captive in North Korea for more than a year said Wednesday she is outraged that Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star who has cozied up to North Korea’s young dictator, is “playing games with my brother’s life.”
Rodman on Wednesday led a crowd at a North Korean auditorium in serenading the leader, Kim Jong Un, with “Happy Birthday” at an exhibition game between former NBA players and a North Korean team.
A day earlier, in a bizarre, expletive-littered and sometimes incoherent interview with CNN, Rodman came close to suggesting that the American, Kenneth Bae, was responsible for his captivity.
“My family and I are outraged,” Bae’s sister Terri Chung said in a statement. “He is playing games with my brother’s life. There is no diplomacy, only games, and at my brother’s expense.”
She said that Rodman was in a position to advocate for Bae but instead “has decided to hurl outrageous accusations at my brother, insinuating that Kenneth has done something sinister.”
Bae, 45, was leading a tour group in North Korea, the reclusive and repressive communist country, when he was detained. He was accused and convicted of trying to overthrow the government and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.