After North Korea Disaster, Dennis Rodman Enters Rehab For Alcohol
Dennis Rodman is back in rehab. The former NBA star is receiving treatment for his long-standing alcohol addiction after his disastrous trip to North Korea earlier this month, where he helped organize a “friendship” game between retired NBA players and the top basketball stars in North Korea. Rodman sparked controversy by singing “Happy Birthday” to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and appearing drunk in a rambling interview with CNN, during which he insinuated that Kenneth Bae, an American who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a North Korean camp for acts of “treason,” had done something to deserve his sentence.
After returning to the U.S. last week, Rodman blamed booze for his boorish behavior and apologized to Bae’s family. “What was potentially a historical and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned. Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in rough shape emotionally,” said his agent, Dennis Prince. “The pressure that was put on him to be a combination ‘super human’ political figure and ‘fixer’ got the better of him. He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”
Understandbly, Bae’s family was initially outraged by his comments about their imprisoned relative. “He was in a position to do some good and to help advocate for Kenneth,” said Bae’s sister Terri Chung. “He refused to do so. But then instead he has chosen to hurl these outrageous accusations against Kenneth. He clearly doesn’t know anything about Kenneth, about his case. And so we were appalled by that.”
However, the family has since decided to take the high road and accept Rodman’s apology. “As Rodman has stated, being drunk and stressed is not an excuse for what he said, but we acknowledge he is human and we all do make mistakes,” Chung said. “Our greatest concern remains the health and freedom of my brother Kenneth. We hope and pray that Rodman’s comments and ongoing antics have not further endangered my brother. Kenneth’s health and freedom are precarious.”
(Photo: Associated Press)