*Dennis Rodman has seen the error of his ways.
Or rather his conduct when he screamed at Chris Cuomo during an interview with the CNN newsman.
The reason for Rodman lashing out at Cuomo as well as participating in the interview with slurred words, let alone suggesting that Kenneth Bae, an American citizen is rightfully being held in a concentration camp on vague charges that he intended to bring down the North Korean government? Well, quite simply, the former NBA all-star blamed it all on the alcohol and stress.
“I want to apologize,” Rodman said. “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.
“I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family,” he continued while also issuing apologies to his teammates and management team. Rodman, along with a group of former NBA players , are in North Korea to play a game against a local team in celebration of the birthday of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Despite his efforts to apologize, Bae’s family was not swayed by Rodman. In fact, the family is upset with former athlete for his drunken stance on Bae’s imprisonment a.
Bae’s family was upset about Rodman’s drunken accusations and voiced their outrage to CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“He was in a position to do some good and to help advocate for Kenneth,” Bae’s sister Terri Chung told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “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.”
In addition to Bae’s family, his teammates, Rodman apologized to Cuomo while scolding himself for expressing political views.
“I also want to apologize to Chris Cuomo,” he said. “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.”
For more on Kenneth Bae’s family’s reaction to Rodman’s statements, click here. Rodman’s CNN interview can be seen below: