Mike Tyson Claims Dennis Rodman Is 'Guilty of Treason' After North Korea Trip

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2014

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When Mike Tyson is bewildered at your recent actions, you probably need to question your life choices.

"Iron Mike" spoke with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis of 94WIP in Philadelphia and had some choice words for Dennis Rodman after the former basketball star's recent trip to North Korea, per CBS Philly:

“It’s treason. It’s treason, 100%. Look, I’m not politically incarnate or anything, but when you examine what treason is, it’s treason,” Tyson said. “He’s in another land, that’s an enemy of our land, and he’s talking [expletive] on us. He’s talking really bad to our guys over there.”

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Rodman was in Pyongyang for an All-Star game for North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Unfortunately, the goodwill trip made news for all the wrong reasons.

"The Worm" went on a rant about imprisoned American Kenneth Bae, something which he has since apologized for, per Jethro Mullen of CNN.com. He also sang "Happy Birthday" to Kim and called him a "very good guy," per Michael Pearson, Jethro Mullen and Laura Smith-Spark of CNN.com.

It was enough to get Charles D. Smith, another former NBA veteran in Pyongyang for the All-Star game, to say, per the Associated Press' Eric Talmadge (via Yahoo! Sports):

"What we are doing is positive, but it is getting dwarfed by the other circumstances around it," Smith told The Associated Press. "Apparently our message is not being conveyed properly due to the circumstances that are much bigger than us, and I think that has to do with politics and government."


"The way some of the statements and things that Dennis has said has tainted our efforts," Smith said. "Dennis is a great guy, but how he articulates what goes on - he gets emotional and he says things that he'll apologize for later."

All of this was made more surreal by Tyson's comments. He and Rodman were two of the most controversial athletes of the 1990s.

The former boxing champion has had his fair share of public outbursts and legal troubles. He's since reformed himself and become a voice of reason to a certain extent when it comes to athletes who run afoul of the law or have any number of personal demons.

So for Tyson to come out and publicly rebuke Rodman speaks volumes about how negatively "The Worm" is being viewed by the American public.

Although it's unlikely Rodman will face any sort of treason charges, his image has arguably taken irreparable damage as a result of his trip to North Korea.