Oh, Dennis, where do you want to start?
USA Today quotes the Worm:
“At least someone tried,” the retired NBA player said. “So that’s how I look at it. I don’t want to be a hero, I don’t want to be this, I don’t want to be that. I just wanted to be, just do happy things and do great things in life. That’s all I wanted to do. That’s it.
“I don’t want people to look at me as the devil or evil person,” he added. “If I put anyone in harm’s way, I apologize, you know. If you don’t want me to go back there ever again, I won’t go back.”
No one regards Rodman as “the devil” for calling the world’s most reclusive and possibly most evil and brutal dictator his “friend for life”. The word “fool” has been used frequently, though. “Credulous” and “naive” also apply. Also “arrogant,” because it takes a special combination of all these qualities plus hubris to think that playing a few basketball games and saying a couple nice things will change the likes of Kim.