Rodman denies ‘basketball would help ISIS’ remark
The statements came after a satirical report allegedly said that he was meeting with leaders of the terrorist group went viral
Basketball legend Dennis Rodman denied that he is going to the Middle East to meet with the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), UK’s daily The Independent reported Sunday.
Rodman made the statements after a satirical report allegedly saying that he was meeting with leaders of the terrorist group went viral this week.
The report, which was published in the satirical news website National Report, suggested that former NBA player was going to the meet the group’s leaders to "tell them what I think and maybe they’ll change their methods.”
“There’s a lot of things they are doing that just ain’t cool. I’ll tell them what I think and maybe they’ll change their methods,” the article read.
“I think my basketball skills will help a lot too, boxing people out of the paint at times when it counts, like the 4th quarter. I was thinking about getting a sweet ISIS tattoo to let them know that I mean business,” it added.
The story was shared more than 70,000 times on social media platforms and some people congratulated the former player for his “bravery.”
In reaction to the article, Rodman’s agents told the entertainment website TMZ, that the former player is not on his way to Syria or Iraq and that he is in Hong Kong for business purposes.
The spoof article seemed to be a take-off on Rodman having flown to Pyongyang several times to meet reclusive North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the website reported.