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Agent: Dennis Rodman checks into rehab for alcohol abuse

Jan 19, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

source: AP

Dennis Rodman has been in the news lately for his multiple trips to North Korea, the latest of which involved bringing former NBA stars there to play basketball.

Following a bizarre and angry outburst on live television, Rodman’s agent Darren Prince says his client has entered a rehab facility to treat his admittedly long-standing issue with alcohol.

From the Associated Press:

Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says. …

“What was potentially a historic and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned,” Prince said. “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.

“He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”

Rodman has a history of quirky behavior, and has remained in the public eye over the years because of it. If he truly has a problem and is interested in change, then best wishes to him in accomplishing that.

  1. jeffw - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    “He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.” C’mon! Really??? Like anyone takes him seriously…

  2. nsstlfan - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    He will never be a “super human” political figure or a fixer. The next time he goes to North Korea his passport should be stripped and he should be forced to stay there for a year before his passport is returned.

  3. brahin9 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Really? “Super human”…..”political figure”…..”fixer”
    I don’t think any of these words come even close to mine, or anybody else’s mind when thinking of Dennis Rodman. This was a joke from the beginning, which makes it sad. Dennis Rodman just cares about Dennis Rodman. Whether it’s good publicity or bad, as long as he’s getting attention, that’s all that matters to him. This incident, among a few others, makes me feel sorry for this country. They should’ve never put a camera in front of this guy in the first place.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Here’s a few incidents that have made me feel sorry for this country:
      1. Assassination of the Kennedys
      2. Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
      3. Involvement in foreign wars like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
      4. Rise of the Moral Majority Evangelical Right wingNUTs and the concomitant popularity of Reefer Madness among the Pea Brains

      The Dennis Rodman thing doesn’t make me feel sorry for America. It makes me feel sorry for Dennis.

  4. hdsnake867 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Dennis Rodman checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center? I guess that’s better than nothing. What he needs to do is check himself into a psych ward. The guy is NUTS!!!

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      He lives in California. Same thing.

  5. aboogy123456 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    i still think that it’s possible for an alcoholic to want to do some good in the world. Just because you have problems doesn’t mean you are useless, and good for Rodman on checking into rehab and trying to get better. People will use his alcoholic problems to minimize what he was trying to do with north korea, but he was just using his celebrity status to try to help. Where was the outburst in that video and what was so bizarre about it?

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Rodman’s the perfect fall guy for the pea brained hateful losers. Their lives are so f+cked up that they look to castigate and berate anyone, and especially those willing to admit they have problems.

      • casualcommenter - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        Agreed. Despite what the guy down below wrote about being “forced” to read about Rodman, the fact is that if you don’t care about Rodman, you could just ignore the articles about him.

        Yet “pea brained hateful losers” feel the need to insult a guy who is dealing with problems and whine that they’re not smart enough to avoid articles about him (hint – the giant photo of Rodman was a subtle clue this article was about Rodman).

    • danielkaproth - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Where was the outburst? Maybe you weren’t watching the right video…

    • somekat - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      what was he trying to do in North Korea? Was he trying to be used as a propaganda tool for a mass murder (who is a member of a long line of mass murderers)? Was the U.S. suddenly say “Hey, you randomly fire off missles at our allies, you have hundreds of thousands of people in prison camps for no other crime than not liking their dictator, and are regularly on the list of countries with the worst human right violations…..but that was an awesome exhibition game….all if forgiven!”

      He went there to get money and be a propaganda tool. He’s only sorry because he knows he’ll be crucified for what he said about that poor pastor being held for no reason. So he’s using “alcoholism” as an excuse to try to escape any backlash.

      He’s a scumbag, always has been, always will be. The fact that he’s a drunk scum bag doesn’t make it any better or more excusable

    • stephenlin - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      I don’t mind the alcoholism means he’s a bad person, and I don’t hate on him, but his intentions are massively misguided. If you’re looking for missteps in the outburst, you can start with him suggesting that Kenneth Bae–someone who’s truly taken risks to help people in North Korea–rightfully deserves his imprisonment and the torture (physical and sexual) he’s received. To be frank, I don’t think Rodman knew what he was talking about, and I don’t think most people here in the U.S. do either.

      • stephenlin - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        *I don’t think the alcoholism means he’s a bad person. Sorry for the confusion.

      • johndoe701 - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        Alcohol or not, the dude is just a moron. If he quits drinking, he’s still going to be an idiot.

  6. metalhead65 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    this guy has not been relevant for 20 years yet we are forced to read and hear about his every move because he was good at rebounding the basketball. I can’t wait to read about what he does everyday in recovery now what he plans to do as soon as he is released(sarcasm). stop reporting about this clown’s every move and giving him the publicity he desperately craves.why not give time and space to players and former players who actually do constructive things with their lives after their careers are over and who do charitable work off the court? anything is better than posting the crap this freak does.

    • casualcommenter - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      “yet we are forced to read and hear about his every move”

      Actually, you’re not being forced to read about him.

      Notice how this article has “Dennis Rodman” in the title and a giant image of Dennis Rodman at the top?

      If you don’t want to read about Dennis Rodman, you could try not clicking on articles that are obviously about Dennis Rodman. It’s basically an idiot-proof strategy.

      • metalhead65 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        it had his name plastered on the page didn’t it? therefore I was forced to read about him so decided to let the the fine folks at PBT know I am sick of seeing him on this site. he no longer plays ball and does nothing worthwhile to mentioned I would love to know why you find this idiot so fascinating that sports feel they must report his every move.

      • adoombray - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        Im really tired of every piece of news in regards to everything tacking on a celebrity mention everywhere. Africa has problems, heres Angelina Jolies tweet on it. It sucks to live in China, heres George Clooney on youtube.

        The real story here is the guy went to play some basketball, deluded himself into thinking he had further reach, then he realized being skewered by the world in public in 2014 really sucks, got too drunk and is taking time off now. We’re good now. I’ll tune into TMZ for more if i want

  7. j0esixpack - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    What was Obama thinking making him Ambassador to North Korea in the first place???

  8. djshnooks - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Don’t be so quick to judge somebody you do not personally know.

    Read his book…then you’ll understand.

    I mean, the guy was drugged and raped by Madonna…and she held a gun to his nuts.

  9. somekat - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I did not know they were able to rehabilitate someone to the point they are no longer an a-hole

  10. clintm10 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Good luck to him. I hope he cleans his life up.

  11. peopletrains - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    He should never be allowed to check out of rehab.

  12. 24thesho - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    He should have gone to college for a few of years, then, get on the world stage, as far as this North Korea thing.

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