Dennis Rodman Allegedly Liquored Up by North Korean Leaders

Dennis Rodman Allegedly Liquored Up by North Korean Leaders

Former NBA player heads to rehab for alcoholism.

Published January 21, 2014

Basketball diplomacy is taking its toll on Dennis Rodman. The former NBA player has checked into rehab for alcoholism following an ill-fated trip to North Korea, where he and other retired players put on an exhibition game for the country's dictator, Kim Jong-un

Rodman angered many people when he seemed to defend the dictator's incarceration of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American who was working legally as a tour operator when he was detained without cause. Now, the controversial athlete claims his alcohol-fueled meltdown on CNN was the result of being plied with booze by members of the North Korean government. 

A source tells TMZ that Rodman was coerced with a steady stream of alcohol from the moment he landed in North Korea. The basketball legend, who has since apologized to Bae's family and others he offended with his comments, has a long history of substance abuse.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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