After completely losing it on CNN this week and then serenading Kim Jong-un shortly after, Dennis Rodman is offering up an explanation for his behavior: alcohol. He also seems to slowly be recognizing the problems that come from befriending a North Korean ruler.
"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," Rodman said in a statement, explaining why he lashed out at Chris Cuomo on CNN. Cuomo had questioned Rodman about the political implications and optics of palling around with Kim while an American citizen named Kenneth Bae was imprisoned in the country's labor camps, for no apparent crime. "I don't give a rat's ass what the hell you think," Rodman had said.
In addition to the alcohol, Rodman now says he should have had the foresight to realize that he may not be the best choice for an international diplomat. Rodman said:
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.
How or why we've gotten to the point where Dennis Rodman believes himself to be a diplomat is bonkers and inexplicable. And perhaps the saddest part of this all is that Rodman seems to really think he was doing something to affect foreign policy with the country instead of just pulling off an elaborate publicity stunt:
Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart
Rodman, his critics, and Kenneth Bae's family can probably all agree on one thing: it's probably time The Worm comes home and lays low for a while. It is unclear when Rodman will be returning to the United States, as his publicist said he wasn't allowed to disclose that information.
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