‘He Is Embarrassed, Saddened and Remorseful:’ Dennis Rodman Checks Into Rehab For Substance Abuse
Dennis Rodman made headlines quite a bit in 2013 for pulling some pretty controversial stunts—stunts that many attribute to substance abuse. In the past, he has also blamed alcohol for his outlandish behavior. Thankfully, it looks like the 52-year-old retired NBA star is looking to kick off the new year with a clean slate.
Fox News is reporting that Dennis checked into rehabilitation center for alcoholism in New Jersey last week. Sources say Dennis is “beyond exhausted and overwhelmed.” He is scheduled to be in treatment for thirty days. This would not be first time the basketball Hall of Famer sought help for his battle with substance abuse. He checked into a rehab facility in Florida back in 2008, as well as 2009. He also appeared on the third season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab.” Unfortunately, he relapsed shortly after the season premiere.
His agent, Darren Prince, has since confirmed reports of Dennis’ rehab check-in. He also addressed some pretty controversial statements made by Dennis during his most recent trip to North Korea, regarding a detained American missionary.
“What was potentially a historic and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned,” Prince said. “Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally. The pressure that was put on him to be a combination `super human’ political figure and `fixer’ got the better of him. He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”
“People forget Dennis is just an entertainer and retired NBA star,” Prince said. “The fact remains that a basketball game was played in North Korea live in front of 14,000 people and hundreds of millions around the world viewed clips of the game.”
It’s great that Dennis hasn’t given up hope. Hopefully this attempt at rehabilitation is more successful than the others.