National Security

Dennis Rodman Wants the Nobel Peace Prize

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Infamous cross-dressing baller Dennis Rodman has his sights set on the Nobel Peace Prize. The 52-year-old former Chicago Bulls power forward speaks candidly in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated about his role as a peacemaker between the United States and North Korea.

Speaking in third person, "The Worm" said he felt an intrinsic need to reach out and make peace with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in the absence of President Barack Obama.

"My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries," Rodman says. "Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong."

Rodman considers his February rendezvous to the East Asia country a humanitarian effort to initiate diplomacy with the communist nation. The NBA Hall of Famer cheered alongside the supreme leader over a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition game, where Rodman announced to the crowded arena that he had found a "friend for life" in Jong-un.  The unsanctioned diplomatic relations with the tyrant was part of a made-for-TV bromance for the season finale of HBO’s series Vice.

A peace prize nomination is unlikely for the NBA star, whose submission would need to come from qualified candidate, like former winner President Barack Obama. Rodman recently dissed the president to TMZ saying the president "can’t do s–t."