January 13th, 2014
09:36 AM ET

Rodman Says He's 'Sorry' About 'Certain Situations' in North Korea

Dennis Rodman is apologizing. Again.

Last week, he said he was sorry about his bizarre, drunken outburst on CNN about an American citizen held prisoner in North Korea.

Now, Rodman says he's sorry about what's going on inside North Korea, a nation renowned for its human rights abuses.

But the eccentric former NBA star known as "The Worm" isn't contrite about his latest puzzling visit to the secretive state.

He says he's done nothing wrong by organizing a basketball game last week at a packed stadium in Pyongyang, an event at which he sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I'm sorry for what's going on in North Korea, the certain situations," Rodman told CNN on Monday after arriving at Beijing airport from Pyongyang.

He didn't say exactly what those "situations" are. He may have been referring to the reports of horrific human rights abuses by his friend Kim's regime, or to the estimated 200,000 people kept in political prison camps.

Or maybe he was talking about Kenneth Bae, the U.S. citizen sentenced last year to 15 years hard labor by North Korea on charges he planned to bring down the government through religious activities.

He was certainly less boisterous than when he spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo last week. During that interview, he appeared to suggest that Bae may have done something to deserve his heavy sentence.

After his on-air rant drew criticism from Bae's family and others, Rodman apologized, saying he'd been drinking and was under stress.

On "New Day" Monday, a fellow former NBA star, Cliff Robinson, refused to put the blame of the trip and its backlash on Rodman.

Robinson said he and the other players could have done "more homework"  but emphasized: "We love our country, we didn't go to North Korea to disrespect our country."

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In Beijing the same day, returning from a week-long visit to North Korea, Rodman struck a humble tone.

"I'm not God, I'm not (an) ambassador, I'm no one," he said. "I just want to show the world the fact that we can actually get along in sport. That is it!"

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  1. 1944sunshine

    Are we letting this idiot back into the country?? and the rest of this basketball players should be booed for going to a country that has that many human abuse reports, and if they say 'well we didn't know' ! then get educated about where you are going with a drugged out self indulgent moron who wants to be a BIG MAN with the most sick dictator we have seen in quite a while. if you guys can read (Who knows??) then maybe you read about the uncles fate and if you all' to civilized' people think 'Oh that can't be true', just ask some WW2 soldier about the Asian tortures they experienced if they lived through them . This guy was educated in this country and is sick beyond our comprehension. So I hope the Fans boo the participants of this birthday party for going to celabrate one more second of this sickos life

    January 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  2. KP

    I was hoping that N. Korea could keep Rodman and send Bae home.. Maybe next time

    January 13, 2014 at 11:28 am | Reply

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