A few days ago, NBA legend Dennis Rodman stated he was going “to Russia to help that girl.”
Just days later, however, Rodman told a news outlet that he was going abroad because he “got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” he said the trip would not happen. He reversed course soon after the U.S. State Department announced that Rodman’s trip would not be on behalf of the United States.
“Amid the scrutiny over his comments, Rodman told ABC News on Monday that he doesn’t currently have plans to travel to Russia. Rodman previously sought to make an impact on U.S. foreign policy as an informal diplomat of sorts amid heated U.S. relations with North Korea.”
Griner received a nine-year sentence after being arrested for having hash oil in her luggage at a Russian airport.
Ned Price, a State Department spokesperson, told ABC News during a press briefing that if Rodman did go to Russia “he would not be traveling on behalf of the U.S. government.”
He added, “We believe that anything other than negotiating further through the established channel is likely to complicate and hinder those release efforts.”
Rodman has previously informally inserted himself in international affairs with North Korea.