Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman is Heading to Russia to Negotiate Brittney Griner’s Release

Dennis Rodman wears many hats; athlete, fashion icon and, of course, diplomat. According to NBC News, the 61-year-old is heading to Russia and plans to talk with Putin about bringing jailed WNBA star Brittney Griner home. Yes, this is real life.

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Brittney Griner

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The NBA champion said over the weekend that he had received permission to fly to Russia, where he plans to seek the release of Griner, who was sentenced to nine years in prison on drug charges earlier this month.

“I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” Rodman told NBC News at a restaurant in D.C. “I’m trying to go this week.”

If Rodman somehow makes the trip, it won’t be the first time he’s conducted informal diplomacy with an international leader who is at odds with the U.S. His relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been widely publicised, with the two becoming friends over the past decade. Although he’s much closer with Kim, Rodman is confident in his relationship with Russia’s president.

“I know Putin too well,” he said

The US government is yet to comment on whether they gave Rodman the greenlight to speak with Russia. NBC reports: “Rodman does not need special permission from the U.S. to enter Russia — just a visa from Moscow — but the State Department has issued a travel advisory that strongly discourages American citizens from visiting the country. NBC News has reached out to White House national security officials for comment on Rodman’s plans to travel to Russia to engage in the Griner case.”

Godspeed, Dennis.

Kim Jong-un

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