Rodman apologises for comments on jailed US man in N. Korea, says he had been drinking: CNN

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman of the US (centre) waits to check in for his flight to North Korea after his arrival at Beijing's international airport, on Jan 6, 2014. Retired United States basketball star Dennis Rodman has apologised for
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman of the US (centre) waits to check in for his flight to North Korea after his arrival at Beijing's international airport, on Jan 6, 2014. Retired United States basketball star Dennis Rodman has apologised for comments he made about an imprisoned US missionary in North Korea, CNN said on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014, quoting a statement. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Retired United States basketball star Dennis Rodman has apologised for comments he made about an imprisoned US missionary in North Korea, CNN said on Thursday, quoting a statement.

Rodman's fourth trip to North Korea had drawn criticism from human rights activists and the family of imprisoned US missionary Kenneth Bae after Rodman appeared to suggest in an interview peppered with obscenities that Bae, rather than the North Korean authorities, was responsible for his incarceration.

"I want to apologise, I take full responsibility," Rodman was quoted as saying, adding that he had been drinking on a stressful day.