Dennis Rodman Checks Into Rehab

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January 19, 2014 | 9:26am EST

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked into a rehabilitation clinic to address a drinking problem following his disastrous trip to North Korea.
Rodman found himself in the spotlight earlier this month when he made a visit to North Korea to see his friend, dictator Kim Jong-Un.
During the trip, Rodman came under fire for making controversial comments about American citizen Kenneth Bae, who is currently imprisoned in the country, and for singing Happy Birthday to Jong-Un in the style of Marilyn Monroe during a public event.
The strain of the trip left Rodman in “pretty rough shape” and he has now checked into a rehab facility to deal with alcohol abuse issues, according to his agent, Daniel Prince.
He tells CNN, “He has been in rehab most of this week, and I am very proud of him. His drinking escalated to a level that none of us had seen before. When he came back, I discussed with him on a personal level how concerned I was. We sat down and decided for him to go to rehab. It is a 28 or 30 day facility.”
Prince adds of the North Korea trip, “What was potentially a historic and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned. Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally. He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”
The sportsman previously checked in to a Florida rehab center in 2008 and he featured on reality TV show Celebrity Rehab in 2009.