North Korea Enthusiast Dennis Rodman Apologizes For CNN Outburst

By: Kelly Lynch / January 9, 2014

On Tuesday, Dennis Rodman went on CNN to defend his dear friend, Kim Jong-un while promoting peace through basketball from North Korea.

Anchor Chris Cuomo grilled the former NBA player and his dream team about the controversy surrounding their trip, and asked Rodman if he would “speak up for the family of Kenneth Bae,” an imprisoned American sentenced to 15 years for “hostile acts” against North Korea.

Today, Rodman released an apology to the AP for his behavior (via New York Magazine):

I want to apologize. I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It’s not an excuse, it’s just the truth.

Understandably, Bae’s family was ticked off at Rodman for implying that he was guilty.

I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family. I want to apologize to my teammates and my management team. I also want to apologize to Chris Cuomo. I embarrassed a lot of people. I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.

Now Rodman can just go back to spreading the good word of basketball and building friendship with dictators who feed their uncles to dogs.