Over the weekend, Rodman explained he’s “received permission to go to Russia” and help out Brittney Griner.

WASHINGTON — Former NBA player Dennis Rodman reversed his decision to go to Russia to help Brittney Griner, the WBNA star who was sentenced to nine years in Russian prison earlier this month. according to ABC News.

A State Department official said on Monday abc news that Rodman “would not be traveling on behalf of the US government,” Rodman originally told NBC News over the weekend that he plans to go to Russia.

“I got permission to go to Russia to help this girl,” said the 61-year-old NBC News on Saturday. “I’m trying to go this week.”

Rodman was vague about what kind of permission he was granted to visit Russia. Currently, the State Department has issued a travel advisory urging Americans to avoid visiting Russia.

“Do not travel to Russia,” the State Department advises, citing factors such as “the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” the potential for “harassment of U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials,” and “the segregation of U.S. citizens in Russia by Russian government security officials.”

Rodman has a history of informal diplomacy, having visited North Korea and even maintained a relationship with Kim Jung Un, according to NBC News. In 2018, Rodman emerged in Singapore when former President Donald Trump met with the North Korean leader.

earlier this month, reported the Associated Press That Bill Richardson, a former US ambassador to the United Nations and frequent envoy in hostage negotiations, said he was hopeful about the chances of a two-for-two prisoner swap that could lead to the WNBA star’s release by Russia Brittney Griner and another imprisoned American, Paul Whelan.

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