After surprising everyone with a year of wacky behaviour, which included becoming best friends with a dictator and leading a tone-deaf rendition of Happy Birthday to said leader, Dennis Rodman has made a not-so surprising choice: rehab.
The former NBA star and latest BFF of Kim Jong Un has checked into an alcohol-rehabilitation center after facing a fair amount of backlash for his multiple visits to North Korea.
“Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally. The pressure that was put on him to be a combination ‘super human’ political figure and ‘fixer’ got the better of him,” his agent said in a written statement. “He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”
The 52-year-old has been criticized for a series of blunders in North Korea including ignoring North Korea’s human rights abuses, appearing drunk on CNN, suggesting American Kenneth Bae was to blame for his own incarceration, and worst (best?) of all singing “Happy Birthday” to Kim Jong Un Marilyn Monroe style.
According to his agent, Rodman went on an epic North Korean bender during his recent basketball diplomacy trip, drinking to “a level that none of us had seen before.”
Rodman is currently at a facility in New Jersey for a 30 day program, although a stint in a North Korean labour camp might be a more effective solution. After all, his 2008 rehab stint and 2009 appearance on “Celebrity Rehab” didn’t seem to do the trick.