Saying that “I had been drinking,” former NBA player Dennis Rodman has had his publicist issue an apology for the obscenity-laced rant he went on earlier this week during an interview on CNN.
In that combative exchange with the news network’s Chris Cuomo, Rodman implied that American citizen Kenneth Bae, who is imprisoned in North Korea, did something to deserve his punishment. Rodman is in North Korea with a group of other former NBA players.
Now, Rodman’s publicist has sent a statement to The Associated Press and other news outlets. In it, Rodman is quoted as saying:
“I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family. …
“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. …
“At this point, I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”