Former NBA star Dennis Rodman believes he essentially influenced North Korea's decision to release Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned by the regime and then returned to the U.S. in a coma and later died.
Rodman's agent, Chris Volo, sat next to him during his interview with Michael Strahan on 'Good Morning America' and said:
"I asked on behalf of Dennis for [Warmbier's] release three times."
The basketball star has referred to the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "a friend for life."
When asked by Strahan how he can maintain a relationship with the leader despite Warmbier's treatment, Rodman responded:
"He’s a friend of mine, OK, great. I don’t look at the political side about him. I look at the friendship about him."
Warmbier's father, Fred, said Rodman had nothing to do with his sons' release and calls the situation "a diversion" and "planned."