Dennis Rodman admitted to alcohol rehab centre, says agent

(REUTERS) - Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked himself into an alcohol treatment programme, his spokesman said on Saturday.

His move came just days after returning to the United States from North Korea, where he ignited a furore over comments he made about an American citizen held prisoner there.

The 52-year-old voluntarily entered an alcohol rehabilitation facility several days ago, according to agent Darren Prince. The location of the facility was not disclosed.

Rodman returned to the US last week after a trip to North Korea where he attended the birthday party of leader Kim Jong Un.

Earlier this month, Rodman apologised for comments in which he suggested that Kenneth Bae, an American missionary imprisoned by Pyongyang, had himself to blame for the arrest.

"It had been a very stressful day," Rodman said earlier this month. "My dreams of basketball diplomacy were quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It's not an excuse but by time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed."