Dennis Rodman made headlines in January after he checked himself into a rehab facility for alcohol abuse following a media frenzy that involved his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un; now, witnesses say, he’s drinking again, and he’s not taking baby steps.
Rodman entered the 30-day program in New Jersey after a violent outburst during an interview went viral. The former basketball star became irritated with CNN’s Chris Cuomo when he was pressed to speak about Kenneth Bae, the American citizen who has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for “crimes against the state”. Soon after, his rep announced that he would be entering rehab.
“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, Darren Prince, said. “He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”
Just three days after checking out of the program, Rodman was spotted at a South Beach nightclub downing shot after shot; witnesses say he was very visibly drunk.
“He was walking around, going up to random tables and mingling ’round the club,” a source said. “He was drinking kamikaze shots, and every time he would take one, he would scream ‘It’s kamikaze time!’ ”
Staff at the hotel Rodman stayed at during his visit to North Korea said he was drinking heavily during that time and vomited, urinated, and passed out in the hallway. His rep released a statement recently saying that his team fully supported him no matter what happened.
“We know it’s not easy for him, but we remain supportive of him during this time. As he told . . . CNN, he doesn’t plan on quitting, he’s just trying to cut back.”
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