Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for his highly criticized rant about American citizen Kenneth Bae.

During a satellite interview from North Korea with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Rodman suggested that Bae, an American journalist who was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, may have done something to deserve his sentence. 

From CNN:

“I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family,” Rodman, 52, said Thursday in a statement released by his publicist Jules Feiler. “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,” said Rodman, who traveled to North Korea with other former NBA players for a basketball game against a North Korean team. “I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”

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Rodman said the day of the interview had been “very stressful” and admitted to drinking before his appearance on Cuomo’s show.

Bae was sentenced to 15 years at a labor camp for violating the country’s religious rules. Bae, a Christian is accused of attempting to overthrow North Korea’s government with religious activities. The country acts as an Atheist state and bans all religious practices.

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