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article imageDennis Rodman apologizes for outburst on live TV interview

By Leo Reyes     Jan 10, 2014 in Sports
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has issued an apology for his outburst while being interviewed by Chris Cuomo, host of CNN program "News Day," saying he had been drinking and was stressed out during the interview.
Rodman and his team of selected ex-NBA stars were in Pyongyang for a game with the Korean basketball team.
Before the exhibition game last Wednesday, the retired NBA star ranted angrily to Cuomo's line of questioning which touched on the status of Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American, who is serving 15 years prison term in the reclusive communist country.
Rodman thought the Korean-American prisoner may have done something wrong which is why he is in jail.
"Do you understand what he did in this country?" Rodman asked Cuomo. "No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? ... I would love to speak on this," he said. Read more:
The family of Bae had sought the assistance of Rodman in persuading the North Korean government to release Bae for humanitarian reason.
But Rodman has been insisting that his travel to North Korea is all about basketball and nothing about US diplomacy.
"I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae's family," Rodman, 52, said Thursday in a statement released by his publicist Jules Feiler. "I want to apologize to my teammates and my management team. I also want to apologize to Chris Cuomo."
"I embarrassed a lot of people," said Rodman "I'm very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry."
According to CNN, the family of Bae has accepted Rodman's apology.
Rodman has travelled to North Korea for the fourth time in less than a year tagging along a team of former NBA stars to play with the North Korean team in an exhibition game for the birthday celebration of North Korean strongman Kim Jong un.
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