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There Isn’t Enough Booze in the World, Dennis Rodman

Sorry, Dennis, we're not buying your alcoholism excuse.

by
Bethany Mandel

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January 21, 2014 - 11:00 am

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It’s an excuse as old as time. Got caught cheating on your wife? Tell her you were drunk. Unplanned quicky wedding in Vegas? Yup, drunk. Unplanned pregnancy? People have been blaming their state of inebriation for that for thousands of years. But palling around with a genocidal maniac? Well, congratulations Dennis Rodman, that’s a new one.

Shortly after returning home from yet another trip to North Korea (not to the gulags or frozen homes without electricity, just the stadiums and luxury accommodations), Rodman finally realized what we’ve all been saying for months: He’s lost his mind. CNN reports on the basketball star’s new home for the next month: rehab.

“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,” his agent, Darren Prince, said Sunday in a written statement. “He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”

Prince said Rodman is at a facility in New Jersey, one with a “28- or 30-day” program. He said Rodman drank heavily in North Korea during a recent tumultuous trip to the secretive state to play a basketball game with some former NBA stars against national team players from the regime.

“His drinking escalated to a level that none of us had seen before,” Prince said Saturday.

Rodman — the colorful basketball Hall of Famer who won five NBA titles while the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls — said alcohol was one reason he shot from the lip earlier this month and told CNN that an American imprisoned in North Korea since 2012 may have done something to deserve his sentence of 15 years’ hard labor.

After Kenneth Bae’s family complained, Rodman apologized, saying he was under stress and had been drinking when he was interviewed on CNN’s “New Day.”

Sorry, Dennis, but you may have been able to blame the tattoos, the outfits, and the girlfriends on booze, but not this. I’ve written extensively on the horrifying human rights situation North Korea for Commentary and The Federalist, and have unfortunately spent more time than I ever would have otherwise intended writing on Rodman’s “basketball diplomacy” in the Hermit Kingdom. It’s about time that Rodman wised up to the fact that it isn’t always the case that “any publicity is good publicity.” CNN reported that Rodman told the media: ”I’m sorry for what’s going on in North Korea, the certain situations.” But he didn’t apologize for his visit.

“Certain situations”? Really? Let’s hope that the rehab facility Rodman is in has a 12-step program. If it does, Rodman owes it to the victims of Kim Jong-Un to make amends.

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Bethany Mandel is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in History and Jewish Studies. Previously she worked as a teacher in rural Cambodia, as an online fundraiser at The Heritage Foundation and most recently the Social Media Associate at Commentary Magazine. She is currently a work-at-home mother. She has appeared on CNBC's The Kudlow Report, Huffington Post Live, BBC World's World Have Your Say, and is a regular guest on "Powers to the People" on Talk Radio 1380am WNRR. She was chosen by The Jewish Week as one of its "36 Under 36" in 2013, an annual list of individuals reinventing Jewish life. She lives with her husband Seth Mandel, an assistant editor for Commentary Magazine, in New Jersey.

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Too bad he's not getting the 15- to 20-year rehab program offered in North Korea's gulag.
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"The pressure that was put on him to be a combination ‘super human’ political figure and ‘fixer’ got the better of him,” his agent, Darren Prince, said Sunday in a written statement."

First, who is putting pressure on you, Dennis? Secondly, good luck 'fixing' North Korea. Here's an idea Dennis - try running for elective office, then you can be a political figure. Whether you can fix anything remains to be seen - but you might start with yourself.
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wonder if he would have been so kind and nice to a top KKK member, and guess because N.Korea wasn't abusing blacks, are there even any blacks in Korea, his civil and human rights abuse if fine.

Sort of like FDR who ignored Hitler's atrocities for a long time, and even sent a ship with Jews back to Germany where the result was not kind for those on board.
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We're not talking about a MENSA member here, guys. Rodman may have been a pretty good player when Michael Jordan was next to him on the court, but nobody ever commented on his command of nuclear physics. Why the American media even bothers to report on the psychotic behavior of a former basketball player with the IQ of a radish is beyond me.
40 weeks ago
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The media reports on all sorts of celebrities without vetting their expertise on topics they push. We should take them down when we can.
40 weeks ago
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Moron.
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The State Department must have also been drunk.
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Is drinking legal in North Korea?

Wasn't excessive drinking on of the acts that got Un's uncle eaten alive by starving dogs? I wonder if Rodman will face trial if he returns to NK.
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