Rodman’s agent, Darren Prince, said this last trip to North Korea was supposed to be a positive one, but it went horribly wrong and ultimately it’s what did Rodman in.
“What was potentially a historic and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned,” said Prince. “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.”
And for the whole CNN fiasco, Prince says Rodman couldn’t be more sorry. “He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused,” he said.
It seems that controversy has surrounded the hall of famer ever since he ended his stint with the Detroit Pistons in 1993 and adopted a punk rock look and attitude, with multicolored hair, piercings and a penchant for dating famous women. But his recent trip to North Korea was a new type of controversy that Rodman experienced, because dating Madonna and getting the media attention that surrounds that is one thing, but hobnobbing with a egotistical dictator, who recently killed his own uncle is another.
It’s important to remember that Rodman never said he was a deep political person. He just likes to put on a show, and this time, everything seemed to back fire on him, said Prince.
“People forget Dennis is just an entertainer and retired NBA star,” he said. “The fact remains that a basketball game was played in North Korea live in front of 14,000 people and hundreds of millions around the world viewed clips of the game.”
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