My name is Dennis, and I’m not an alcoholic.
That’s the message NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman gave to ESPN upon his emergence from three weeks in a New Jersey treatment facility. “I needed to decompress from all the things I was going through,” Rodman told ESPN Friday by telephone. “I was trying to get this game going and get everything going in North Korea. It was a lot.”
Rodman doesn’t plan on becoming a teetotaler. He does plan on returning to North Korea.
Rodman made international headlines last month by overseeing a trip to North Korea by former NBA stars. The strange junket to the Hermit Kingdom featured stranger behavior by Rodman, including serenading dictator Kim Jong-un with a “Happy Birthday” and an on-air CNN meltdown that witnessed the five-time NBA champion blame an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea for his captivity.
The 1990s rebounding king hopes to rebound from his not-so-excellent adventure abroad. “I’m not an alcoholic,” Rodman insisted. “An alcoholic drinks seven days a week. I don’t drink seven days a week. When I drink, I don’t hurt nobody, I don’t have no DUIs, nothing like that.