Dennis Rodman will not be going to Russia after all.
Last week, Rodman said he was going to Russia to help get Brittney Griner released.
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman says he plans to visit Russia to seek the release of Brittney Griner.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 21, 2022
A few days later and Rodman backtracked on his stance after the US government told him he could complicate negotiations between the two countries.
Via ABC News
A State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, told ABC News during a press briefing on Monday that if Rodman did travel to Russia, “He would not be traveling on behalf of the U.S. government.”
“We believe that anything other than negotiating further through the established channel is likely to complicate and hinder those release efforts,” Price added.
Amid the scrutiny over his comments, Rodman told ABC News on Monday that he doesn’t currently have plans to travel to Russia.
Rodman previously sought to make an impact on U.S. foreign policy as an informal diplomat of sorts amid heated U.S. relations with North Korea.