Former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman is under fire for his recent trips to communist country North Korea. The basketball legend known for his colorful hairstyles and eccentric behavior has angered fans for repeatedly visiting the country despite the tense history between the United States and North Korea.
In recent years, tensions have escalated between the two nations with North Korea shooting a series of missiles into international waters.
Things have only gotten worse as US student Otto Warmbier was charged with vandalism and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a North Korean labor camp. During a visit to the nation, the student was arrested for allegedly ripping down a propaganda poster.
After public outcry, the nation released Warmbier into US custody in an unconscious state. He was in a coma and died days after his release.
The family declined to have an autopsy done on Warmbier but doctors speculate that his coma was induced by a lack of blood supply to the brain.
Now, a petition is circulating calling for the removal of Dennis Rodman from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Fans don’t like Rodman’s newly minted position as a “friend” or “ambassador” to North Korea and are asking the Hall of Fame to remove him from the rankings.
Rodman began his career as a member of the Southeastern Oklahoma State basketball team. He was drafted to the NBA in 1986 by the Detroit Pistons. He played with the team for three years and helped them win an NBA championship in 1989.
After playing for the Spurs, he joined the Bulls in 1995 and helped them win three NBA championships back-to-back. In total, Rodman has won five NBA championships. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
The petition was started by the Victims of Communism memorial Foundation on change.org.