Rodman asks Kim Jong Un to do a 'solid' and free American
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (VICE Media, Jason Mojica)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:16AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is tapping his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to call for the release of a Korean-American man detained in the North.
Rodman met with Kim and watched an exhibition game together when he visited Pyongyang in February.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Rodman called on Kim "to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose."
Bae is a tour operator arrested in North Korea in November. The Supreme Court sentenced him last week to 15 years of hard labour for unspecified "hostile acts."
Bae is at least the sixth American detained there since 2009. The others eventually were deported or released, some after trips to Pyongyang by prominent Americans.
Pyongyang rejects speculation it seeks a U.S. envoy to negotiate Bae's release.