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Dennis Rodman draws criticism for comments
NORTH KOREA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Dennis Rodman is stirring the pot. Many are angry over comments he made about Kenneth Bae, the American missionary that has been held for more than a year in North Korea for unknown crimes.
Rodman's controversial comments were made during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo this week.
Rodman: "If you understand what Kenneth Bae did, do you understand what he did?"
Cuomo: "Yeah? What did he do? You tell me. You tell me, what did he do?"
Rodman: "No no no no. You tell me! You tell me! Why is he held captive in this country?"
Cuomo: "They haven't released any charges."
Rodman released a statement Thursday saying he apologizes for his interview, saying he had been drinking.
The basketball star has been slammed for not using his influence with Kim Jong Un to help free Bae.
Many are expressing their disgust with Rodman's behavior.
"I think he's a person of not great intellect who doesn't understand that he really does provide propaganda for one of the very brutal, ruthless young man," said Senator John McCain.
Rodman is currently in North Korea with fellow former NBA players.
He has made several trips to the country and calls North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un a friend.