Hall of Famer basketball star Dennis Rodman’s foray into statecraft apparently was not a one-time affair. At least in his own mind.
“I am over here to support the new black pope,” Rodman told CBS, in reference to Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. “He’s 3-to-1 right now. He can come here with some fresh ideas.”
Of course, Turkson was not chosen. That distinction went to Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, aka Pope Francis. In a separate interview, Rodman said he was hoping to arrange a face-to-face meeting with the newly elected pope.
Amazingly, or perhaps not surprisingly at all, during his CBS interview from Vatican City Rodman was wearing a T-shirt and hat promoting a gambling website.