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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has apologized to the family of Kenneth Bae, an American citizen currently imprisoned in totalitarian North Korea on dubious charges, his teammates, and CNN’s Chris Cuomo after he lost his cool when the anchor challenged Rodman’s mission for “basketball diplomacy.”
Cuomo interviewed Rodman via videoconferencing from North Korea on Tuesday, where the eccentric star was participating in a basketball game to honor leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday. Rodman, who considers the despised world leader as a “cool guy” and among his close friends, has visited Kim four times in less than a year.
But when pressed to speak about Bae, Rodman became outraged — and not on Bae’s behalf. “Do you understand what he did?” Rodman asked Cuomo on Tuesday, implying that Bae deserves his 15-year sentence. “You tell me! You tell me! Why is he held captive?”
In a statement released by his publicist Jules Feiler, Rodman demonstrated his first instance of self-awareness since he began his bizarre visits to North Korea. “I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family,” he said. “I want to apologize to my teammates and my management team. I also want to apologize to Chris Cuomo.”
The star is aware that he has “embarrassed a lot of people.”
“I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry,” he said, attributing the outburst to stress and drinking.
Referring to the team of players he organized in North Korea, he said, “some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates,” and conceded that “basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart.”
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.