He’s the second favourite in the betting and now has the backing of a basketball legend and friend of North Korea.
Paddy Power’s Mischief Department blew the spring budget to fly NBA and Celebrity Big Brother star Dennis Rodman (51) to Rome as the conclave decides who will take over from
Emperor Palpatine Pope Benedict. Admittedly, Paddy is pretty freaked about getting this bill through the bean-counters in accounts.
Cardinal Peter Turkson (7/2) gets the Rodman vote as the sports legend declared in Italy: “That fella from Ghana is the only man for the job.” (Or mumbled words to that effect).
“I want to be anywhere in the world that I’m needed,” former Chicago Bulls rebounder Rodman said earlier. “I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world.” Rodman’s peace and love tour started in that cauldron of chuckles, North Korea, as we reported earlier.
Rodman popped up on the BBC to give a video interview on the situation in which he outlined his deep understanding of all matters papal.