Dennis Rodman Will Not Be Going To Russia To Free Brittney Griner After US Govt Advised Him Not To

Dennis Rodman is not going to Russia anytime soon.

Last week, Rodman went viral when he revealed that he had gotten permission to go to Russia to help in negotiations to bring Griner home.

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman said Saturday that he plans to visit Russia to seek the release of Brittney Griner, the WNBA star who was sentenced to nine years in prison on drug charges earlier this month.

“I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” Rodman told NBC News at a restaurant in D.C. “I’m trying to go this week.”

On Thursday, Rodman backed out of his decision to go to Russia after the US government said he could hinder the US’s negotiations with Russia.

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.