Dennis Rodman has apologized for his disastrous CNN interview on Tuesday – where he ripped host Chris Cuomo and made derogatory comments about detained American missionary Kenneth Bae – saying that he was drunk and upset before the interview started.
The retired NBA Hall of Famer told AP in a statement:
I want to apologize.
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.
Dennis Rodman has been under fire for his friendship with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un … and he was in the country on a ‘basketball diplomacy’ mission in the country – a mission that has been widely criticized.
Check out the CNN interview below (Rodman’s outburst begins at the 4:30 mark):