Dennis Rodman explains visit to North Korea, requests that we 'not hate him'

Dennis Rodman defended his visit to North Korea on 'This Week' with George Stephanopoulos.

Dennis Rodman is no stranger to publicity stunts throughout his basketball and post-basketball career, but his recent diplomatic trip to North Korea as a guest of Kim Jong Un might be his most successful venture yet when it comes to garnering attention.

That attention, however, has not been positive. Rodman has been criticized for the trip and for his friendliness with the North Korean government because of the country's overt military threats to the world and because of the reported oppression of its own people. Rodman appeared on 'This Week' with George Stephanopoulos Sunday to defend himself -- his last statement in the interview was actually, "don't hate me."

Here's the video, via ABC News.

Rodman told Stephanopoulos that he does not condone the threats of violence and the human rights record of the North Korean government (via Politico):

"I don't condone that. I hate the fact that he's doing that," Rodman told Stephanopoulos. "I didn't talk about that. ...I saw people respected him, his family. ... [He's] only 28 - 28. He's not his dad. He's not his grandpa. He is 28 years old. ... He's very humble. He's a very humble man. ... He don't want war -- that's one thing he don't want. ... He loves power. He loves control, because of his father, you know -- stuff like that. But he's just - he's a great guy. He's just a great guy. You sit down and talk to him."

Rodman also denied that he was 'apologizing for' Un's actions and said that he does plan to go back to North Korea in the future. The interview airs at 10 a.m. ET Sunday on ABC.

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