Los Angeles, CA — With only a handful of reporters present at the Los Angeles International Airport, Dennis Rodman announced his intentions to speak with the leaders of ISIS, before boarding a plane to Syria.
“I know a lot of people won’t understand what I’m doing, but it’s my decision,” Rodman said. “I think if I could just talk with the leaders of ISIS they would see the errors of their ways.”
“I wish him the best of luck,” Rodman’s agent, Jimi Davies, told reporters. “Dennis is a wordsmith, a really likable guy. I think ISIS will listen to what the man has to say and hopefully change for the better.”
Rodman told reporters he is not joining ISIS, or fighting alongside them, but is only there to talk with their top leaders.
“I’ve been following ISIS for months now. There’s a lot of things they are doing that just ain’t cool. I’ll tell them what I think and maybe they’ll change their methods,” Rodman said. “I think my basketball skills will help a lot too, boxing people out of the paint at times when it counts, like the 4th quarter. I was thinking about getting an ISIS tattoo to let them know that I mean business.”
Paul Horner, President and Founder of Sock It Forward, a group that provides the homeless and those less fortunate with brand new socks, told NBC News that he is confused by Rodman’s actions.
“I don’t know what Rodman thinks he’s going to accomplish over there, no one is going to listen to him,” Horner said. “The best case scenario is that Dennis Rodman comes back alive. The worst case scenario is that Dennis Rodman comes back alive.” Horner continued, “Also, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported our cause in giving new socks to the homeless. Please, donate what you can, every bit helps so much.”
“ISIS is just a group of demented people living in the desert, on the other side of the world, trying to run their own little dysfunctional society and are the farthest thing from a serious force to be reckoned with,” Tom Downey, a White House correspondent told NBC News. “The more we give them credit or acknowledge them, the more they get what they are looking for, and that is attention and notoriety. What Dennis Rodman is doing is exactly what they want. The best thing that the American people can do to fight ISIS is to ignore them, be aware of your surroundings and not let fear win. It is important to understand what ISIS truly is; a backyard clubhouse run by a handful of insane individuals.”
“I think Dennis Rodman could do a lot in helping stop all of the self-rape that is going on over there. I wish him the best of luck in his efforts to get ISIS off the Devil’s playground.”
Previous attempts to “talk” with ISIS ended in the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley. Rodman made headlines last year when he traveled to North Korea to play basketball and meet with its leader, Kim Jong-un. After the trip Rodman told fans, ‘If you don’t want me to go back there ever again, I won’t go back’.
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