Dennis Rodman on North Korea Putting Thousands in Prison Camps: ‘We Do the Same Thing Here’

By Melanie Arter | March 4, 2013 | 3:07 PM EST

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman. (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica)

( – Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” that there are hundreds of thousands of people in prison camps in the United States.

“It’s amazing how we do the same thing here,” said Rodman, who visited North Korea last week along with three Harlem Globetrotters to film an episode on North Korea for a weekly HBO series and was the first American to meet with the North Korean leader. Stephanopolous questioned him for calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un “a great guy.”

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“A great guy who puts 200,000 people in prison camps?” Stephanopolous asked.

“Well, you know, guess what, it’s amazing how we do the same thing here,” Rodman said.

When challenged, Rodman backtracked. “We have prison camps here in the United States?” Stephanopolous asked.

“We don’t have prison camps, guess what, this is all politics, right?” Rodman responded, adding that he’s not a diplomat. He defended Kim Jong-Un, saying he doesn’t condone what he does, but Rodman considers him a “friend.”

“Someone who hypothetically is a murderer who is your friend is still a murderer,” Stephanopolous said.

“What I did was history,” Rodman said, adding “It’s just like we do over here in America.”

Rodman referenced President Clinton’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky which led to the former president being impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It’s amazing that we have presidents over here do the same thing, right? It’s amazing that President Bill Clinton could do one thing and have sex with his secretary and do one thing and really get away with it and still be powerful,” Rodman added.