Dennis Rodman checks into alcohol rehab center: agent

Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:15pm EST

Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman is surrounded by journalists upon his arrival from North Korea's Pyongyang at Beijing Capital International Airport in this file photo taken January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman is surrounded by journalists upon his arrival from North Korea's Pyongyang at Beijing Capital International Airport in this file photo taken January 13, 2014.

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(Reuters) - Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked himself into an alcohol treatment program, his spokesman said Saturday, just days after returning to the United States from North Korea, where he ignited a furor over comments he made about an American citizen held prisoner there.

Rodman voluntarily entered an alcohol rehabilitation facility several days ago, according to agent Darren Prince. The location of the facility was not disclosed.

Rodman returned to the United States this week after a trip to North Korea where he attended the birthday party of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Earlier this month, Rodman apologized for comments in which he suggested Kenneth Bae, an American missionary imprisoned by Pyongyang, had himself to blame for the arrest.

"It had been a very stressful day," Rodman said earlier this month. "My dreams of basketball diplomacy were quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It's not an excuse but by time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed."

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Comments (10)
Burns0011 wrote:
To be honest, yes, Kenneth Bae does share the blame. He engaged in an activity that he *knew* was prohibited in that country and likely to get him arrested by a regime that holds no sympathy for religion or missionaries, or clandestine activity that could cover for spying.

There is no freedom of speech in North Korea. There is no freedom of religion in North Korea. There is only the Kim dynasty and anyone threatening the Kim dynasty in even the smallest way is dealt with harshly. The only hope foreigners who are arrested in North Korea have is that they *are* foreigners and NK needs to keep them alive and relatively healthy as bargaining chips.

So yes, Kenneth Bae, *knowing* all this, visited North Korea. Was it any surprise to any objective observer that he got arrested, convicted, and imprisoned?

Jan 18, 2014 11:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
trapezoid wrote:
I wonder if Kim Jong Un will visit him in his “home.”

Jan 19, 2014 1:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
Versability wrote:
Rehab, my butt…he’s being detoxed by America’s finest and asked what he saw and who he talked to…

Jan 19, 2014 3:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
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