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Dennis Rodman Apologizes For Bae Comments Blames Stress, Alcohol

Dennis Rodman apologizes for Bae comments

Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments about captive American missionary Kenneth Bae in an interview with CNN.

A day after the former basketball star sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and led a squad of former NBA players in a friendly game, Rodman issued the apology through publicist Jules Feiler in an email message 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.”

Source: AP

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A fact that the media won’t tell you: Rodman called for Bae’s release back on MAY 8, 2013.

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The exchange as transcripted by CNN:

CUOMO: Are you going to take an opportunity if you get it to speak up for the family of Kenneth Bae and say, let us know why this man is being held? That this is wrong, that he is sick. If you can help them, Dennis, will you take the opportunity?

RODMAN: Watch this. The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing, if you understand — I got it guys (ph), if you understand what Kenneth Bae did. CUOMO: Yes.

RODMAN: Do you understand what he did —

CUOMO: What did he do? You tell me.

RODMAN: — in this country?

CUOMO: You tell me. What he do?

RODMAN: No, no, no, you tell me. Why is he held captive?

CUOMO: They haven’t released any charges. They haven’t released any reason.

(CROSSTALK)

SMITH: Listen.

RODMAN: Let me do this, I would love to speak on this.

CUOMO: Go ahead.

RODMAN: You know, you got 10 guys here — 10 guys here that have left their families, left their families to help this country in a sports venture. Ten guys, all these guys here. Do anyone understand that?

CUOMO: We do. And we appreciate that. And we wish them well with cultural exchange.

RODMAN: No, no. I’m saying — I don’t give (EXPLETIVE DELETED) what the hell you think, I’m saying to you, look at these guys. Look at them!

CUOMO: Yes, Dennis, don’t put it on them. Don’t use them as an excuse for the behavior that you’re putting on yourself. You just basically were saying that Kenneth Bae did something wrong. We don’t even know what the charges are. Don’t use these guys as a shield for you, Dennis.

SMITH: Listen. Listen. Listen.

RODMAN: Shield, I got it. Let me do this. Let me — let me. I’m going to tell you one thing. People around the world — around the world — I’m going to do one thing. You don’t die behind the mic right now. The guys here do one thing.

We have to go back to America and take the abuse — do you (INAUDIBLE) the abuse we’re going to take. Do you, sir, let me know — we’re going to get it. But guess what though? One day, one day this dude is going to open because these ten guys here, all of us, Christie, Vin, Dennis, Charles, everybody here, if we could just open the door just a little bit for people to come here and do one thing —

SMITH: And Dennis makes a great point. There are other Americans here on this trip. You have to understand that we’re not alone. We’re in passage with about 50 people. They’re here on the tour. We’ve interacted with them as well. The key is you can bait Dennis or any others —

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