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Dennis Rodman Goes To Rehab

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman checked into an East Coast alcohol-rehabilitation center after facing backlash for his visit to North Korea, a source close to Rodman told CNN.
He entered the center Wednesday, according to the source. It’s not clear how long he will remain in rehab.
Rodman — a former standout on the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls who is well known for his tattoos, piercings and colorful behavior — recently returned to the United States after a tumultuous visit to North Korea, one of the world’s most repressive governments.
Rodman, 52, said alcohol was one reason he shot from the lip earlier this month and told CNN that an American imprisoned in North Korea since 2012 may have done something to deserve his sentence of 15 years’ hard labor.
After Kenneth Bae’s family complained, Rodman apologized, saying he was under stress and had been drinking when he was interviewed.
Some observers have said Rodman’s “basketball diplomacy” may have positive effects in North Korea by offering the people there a different view of the West, compared with its demonic portrayal in the country’s tightly controlled state media.
But others, including human rights activists, say it’s an embarrassing media sideshow that distracts attention from the North Korean regime’s brutality. A State Department official said Rodman’s visit was “marginally unhelpful” and Sen. John McCain said of the retired athlete, “I think he’s an idiot.”

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