Dennis Rodman has said that he is sorry that he cannot do anything to help Kenneth Bae, the American citizen detained in North Korea.
Rodman told reporters in Beijing:
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry I couldn’t do anything. I’m sorry. It’s not my fault. I’m sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that’s all I want to do. That’s all,”
The former NBA star has made several visits to the totalitarian country, and has played in exhibition games in celebration of dictator Kim Jong-un’s birthday – Rodman also sung happy birthday (give me Marilyn Monroe any day).
In an interview with Chris Cuomo last week, Rodman was asked why he did not try to help Bae, given his connection with Kim.
“The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand — if you understand what Kenneth Bae did,” said Rodman. “Do you understand what he did? In this country?”
Bae, a missionary, is accused of “hostile acts” and attempting to organise a coup.