After confessing that he was drunk when he made controversial comments in North Korea about a detained American missionary, former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed rehabilitation center, his agent told the New York Post on Saturday.
The agent, Darren Prince, declined to say which facility will treat Rodman or how long he will be there, the report says. The former Chicago Bulls player recently returned to the United States from his latest trip to North Korea, where he sang “Happy Birthday” to the nation’s leader and so-called pal, Kim Jong Un.
“What was potentially a historic and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned,” Prince told the Post. “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 eventually apologized for some of his comments, explaining that he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized an exhibition game there. He had brought together a group of retired NBA players to travel there for the exhibition game.
Rodman, 52, is the highest-profile American to meet Kim since Kim inherited power from father Kim Jong Il in 2011. He visited 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 he has been criticized for failing to use his influence with Kim to win the release of Kenneth Bae, an American missionary with health problems who is being held in North Korea on charges of “anti-state” crimes. In an effort to defend his actions, Rodman had an angry meltdown before the game on CNN.
“People forget Dennis is just an entertainer and retired NBA star,” Prince told the Post. “The fact remains that a basketball game was played in North Korea live in front of 14,000 people and hundreds of millions around the world viewed clips of the game.”
Read more at the New York Post.