Dennis Rodman attends the 'Celebrity Apprentice All Stars' Season 13 Press Conference at Jack Studios on October 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot Tuesday at eccentric former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s controversial visit to North Korea.

“Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player,” Kerry told NBC News. “And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. And that’s where we’ll leave it.”

Kerry spoke in Doha, Qatar, for an interview to air later in the day on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC.

Rodman visited North Korea last week and met with leader Kim Jong Un, pronouncing him an “awesome guy.” In Pyongyang, on his way out of the country, the lip-studded basketball player said of Kim: “Guess what? I love him.”

The visit did not sit well with the White House, which denounced it as a “celebrity sporting event” for a repressive regime and said North Korea should focus on the well-being of its own people, “who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights.”

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