Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for suggesting that an American held captive in North Korea may have done something wrong to deserve his treatment, blaming stress and alcohol for his remarks.
"I want to apologize," Rodman said in a statement to the Associated Press. "I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It's not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It's not an excuse, it's just the truth."