‘Remorseful’ Rodman in rehab for alcoholism

Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation centre to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says.

‘Remorseful’ Rodman in rehab for alcoholism

Darren Prince declined to say which facility will treat Rodman and how long he will be there. Rodman recently returned to the US from his latest trip to North Korea.

He later apologised for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organised an exhibition game there. He also sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the start of the friendly game.

“What was potentially a historic and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned,” Mr Prince said.

“Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally. The pressure that was put on him to be a combination ‘super human’ political figure and ‘fixer’ got the better of him.

“He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”

Rodman won five NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls and was one of the NBA’s fiercest rebounders and most colourful personalities.

Rodman, known as much for his piercings, tattoos and bad behaviour as he was for basketball, was the highest-profile American to meet Kim since Kim inherited power from his father Kim Jong Il in 2011. He travelled to the secretive state for the first time last February with the Harlem Globetrotters for an HBO series produced by New York-based VICE television.

But Rodman, 52, was denounced for not trying to use his influence with Kim to secure the release of Kenneth Bae, an American missionary with health problems who is being held in North Korea on charges of ‘anti-state’ crimes.

He organised a group of retired NBA players to travel to North Korea for that exhibition game.

Rodman dedicated the contest to his ‘best friend’ Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area. The capacity crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the song.

Rodman had an angry meltdown before the game on CNN, defending his decision to travel to North Korea.

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