Dennis Rodman has apologized for his comments during a heated interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo earlier this week. Rodman became agitated after Cuomo asked whether he would challenge North Korean leaders over Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen who has been detained there for more than a year.
Rodman’s publicist emailed a statement to the Associated Press:
“I want to apologize,” Rodman said. “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. 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.
“I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family. 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. I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”