WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department is criticizing North Korea for, quote, ``wining and dining'' visiting ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.
Spokesman Patrick Ventrell Friday distanced the U.S. government from Rodman's visit to Pyongyang this week and his praise for the nation's leader Kim Jong Un and his predecessors.
Rodman departed the country Friday, calling Kim an ``awesome guy.'' He watched a basketball game with the authoritarian leader Thursday and later drank and dined on sushi with him.
Ventrell told reporters that North Korea has a horrific human rights record, possibly the worst in the world.
He said, ``You've got the regime spending money to wine and dine foreign visitors, when they should be feeding their own people.''

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail NBA 2016-17 MVP Odds Will Stephen Curry make a run at a third straight NBA MVP honor, or will someone else push him for the crown? Get a...
Thumbnail Lottery pick to begin pro career as reserve The Lakers stumbled to a 17-65 finish in 2015-16. Yet that doesn’t mean they’re willing to just hand over the keys to the No. 2 overall pick in June’s NBA draft.
More inNBA Articles  

NBA Team Pages