Dennis Rodman Enters Rehab For Alcohol Abuse After North Korea Tirade

By McCarton Ackerman 01/20/14

Rodman blames booze for his inappropriate hijinks in North Korea.


Dennis Rodman has officially checked into rehab for the third time. The former NBA star is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse after his disastrous trip to North Korea, where he helped organize a “friendship” game between retired NBA players and the top basketball star in North Korea. Rodman sparked controversy by singing “Happy Birthday” to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and appearing drunk in a rambling interview with CNN, during which he insinuated that Kenneth Bae, an American who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a North Korean camp for acts of “treason,” had done something to deserve his sentence.

After returning to the U.S. last week, Rodman blamed booze for his boorish behavior and apologized to Bae’s family. “What was potentially a historical and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned. Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in rough shape emotionally,” said his agent, Darren Prince. “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 appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2009 and was quickly fired by Donald Trump for his excessive drinking and alcohol-fueled meltdowns, but not before an on-camera intervention from the entire cast. He also appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010, in which the infamous TV personality referred to the basketball star’s drinking problem as “severe.” Despite his long-standing battle with alcohol and numerous rehab stints, Rodman has long denied he has a drinking problem. He stamped his name on “Dennis Rodman -- The Original Bad Ass Premium Vodka” late last year, but the liquor brand has since been removed.

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