NORTH KOREA (CBS) -- An apology came from former NBA star Dennis Rodman this morning, as he wraps up his controversial trip to North Korea. Rodman is backtracking from his comments about an American being held prisoner in the country.
In a statement issued through a publicist, Rodman apologized for his outburst on CNN claiming he was overwhelmed with stress about some of his teammates leaving North Korea under pressure from family and business associates.
Rodman's message read in part: "...my dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart...I was upset. I had been drinking...it's not an excuse, it's just the truth. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry."
The former NBA all-star's apology comes a day after he sang "happy birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Rodman's friendship with the authoritarian leader has been heavily scrutinized by family members of North Korean captive Kenneth Bae, the American missionary sentenced to 15 years hard labor for allegedly plotting against the government.
During part of Rodman's bizarre appearance on CNN, the hall-of-famer implied that Bae got what he deserved.
Bae's family hasn't commented on Rodman's apology, but Bae's sister Terri Chung expressed concerns about how Rodman's trip might influence Bae's chances of being released, saying: "he is playing games with my brother's life. There is no diplomacy, only games, and at my brother's expense."