Dennis Rodman thrown out of a bar for yelling about what a great guy Kim Jong Un is

Sources tell the Post that Rodman was being belligerent, but the New York hotel insists there was no incident

Published March 5, 2013 5:10PM (EST)

The bizarre story of the bizarre ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman visiting North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un just gets, well ... more bizarre. Rodman, who has returned from North Korea from a "basketball diplomacy" mission, came back to the United States singing praises of one of the most reviled men in the world, calling him "an awesome guy."

Now the New York Post reports that on Sunday Rodman was so vocal about his friendship with the Communist leader that he was thrown out of the Time Hotel in Midtown. “He was at the bar at Serafina for three hours,” one source told the Post. He continued:

“He kept saying what a nice guy Kim is, and how Kim just wants to talk to President Obama about basketball. He was waving around a signed copy of the dictator’s huge manifesto, telling everyone they should read it.”

Added the witness, “Dennis was making a total jerk of himself. He wouldn’t leave, and he wouldn’t let anyone talk to him about shutting up, or what an oppressive country North Korea is. Eventually he had to leave the bar because the bartender was starting to get [bleep]ed-off.”

Apparently this type of eccentric behavior is not new: “He’s always a problem,” another insider told the Post. “He is loud and does weird stuff. Like, he’ll come down to the front desk in his bathrobe in the middle of the night and make demands that people have to run to the store for him. He’s belligerent about it. I thought he was just on TV getting sober?”

The Time Hotel, however, insists that there was no incident. A rep told the Post, “The Time is Dennis’ favorite hotel ... There were a lot of people taking pictures, his security just didn’t like it and asked to move him out of the hotel. There was certainly no incident.”

By Prachi Gupta

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