Dennis Rodman apologized on Thursday for an outburst he made on CNN this week, claiming he had been drinking alcohol before the interview.
Rodman appeared on “New Day” this past Tuesday when he implied an American detained in North Korea, Kenneth Bae, had done something wrong.
“Do you understand what he did? In this country?” Rodman shouted at CNN host Chris Cuomo.
"It had been a very stressful day," Rodman later told the Associated Press. "Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates.”
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He said he was drinking before the interview, but “it’s not an excuse.”
"I embarrassed a lot of people. I'm very sorry," Rodman says. "At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry."
A video of Rodman singing “Happy Birthday” to Kim Jong Un ahead of the exhibition game was released Wednesday.
The family of Kenneth Bae was “outraged” by Rodman’s display.
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"He is playing games with my brother's life," Bae’s sister Terri Chung said in a statement. "There is no diplomacy, only games, and at my brother's expense."
Bae has been detained in North Korea for longer than a year. He was a tour operator in Pyongyang. He has not been charged with a crime, but he was sentenced to 15 years in jail. Due to failing health, Bae was transferred from a prison camp to a hospital.
"He is clearly uninformed about Kenneth's case, and he is certainly not in any position to pass judgment," Chung said of Rodman.