BEIJING - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman apologized Monday for not being able to help an American missionary detained in North Korea.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry I couldn't do anything," Rodman told media on his arrival at Beijing airport from a weeklong trip to play in a game to celebrate the birthday of his friend Kim Jong Un. "It's not my fault. I'm sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that's all I want to do."
Rodman said he would return to North Korea next month, but gave no details.
Rodman has been slammed for not using his influence with Kim to help free Kenneth Bae, the missionary in poor health who has been detained for more than a year for "anti-state crimes." Rodman apologized last week for comments he made implying Bae was at fault, saying he had been drinking and was upset because some of his teammates were leaving under pressure.