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Dennis Rodman vows never to return to North Korea

Dennis Rodman vows never to return to North Korea

DENNIS SPEAKS: Dennis Rodman says he won't return to North Korea for any more "basketball diplomacy." Photo: Associated Press

Dennis Rodman has vowed never to return to North Korea following his controversial visit in January.

The former basketball star has struck up a friendship with the country’s dictator Kim Jong-un and during his trip earlier this year he was caught on camera singing “Happy Birthday” to him.

Rodman’s trip sparked a wave of criticism and he checked into rehab upon his return to the U.S.

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The sports icon has now given an emotional interview in which he declares he will never return to North Korea.

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Rodman is seen with tears rolling down his face as he tells ESPN, “What makes me so damn bad? What makes me this bad, awful person?… I don’t want people to look at me as the devil or evil person. If I put anyone in harm’s way, I apologize, you know… If you don’t want me to go back there ever again, I won’t go back.”

When asked about his stint in rehab, Rodman insists he didn’t enroll in the program to address a drinking problem, but instead wanted to “decompress from all the things I was going through”. He claims he will return for treatment every six months “to see where I’m at”.

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