Dennis Rodman checked into rehab shortly after his fourth ill-advised trip to North Korea and a disastrous CNN interview in which he insulted an American political prisoner — and one of his teammates knows why.
Former NBA star and recovering addict Vin Baker told the Daily Mail that the team was plied with alcohol by the secretive dictatorship during their trip and that Rodman asked him repeatedly how he got sober.
"It was very difficult to watch, Dennis in particular," Baker said. "I prayed for him. When their cups were empty, our hosts would fill it up. I don't know if it was the culture. It was very difficult to watch."
"I know they wanted to make him happy. I've never seen it at that level when they keep bringing it back to back. It was excessive."
Baker, who reportedly blew through $100 million before getting sober three years ago, also revealed that Rodman asked him multiple how he got clean.
"He wasn't just asking about how I got clean for the sake of asking how I got clean. I think the negative attention (on the trip) really broke through," Baker explained. "I don't think the liquor was enough to make the pain and embarrassment go away."
"I'm happy that he's made this decision to get help. I think Dennis has a lot of things to offer but you have to be in a sober place… The fact he asked me three or four times led me to know there was something that he wanted to change."
Just days after his embarrassing CNN appearance — a stunt he later attributed to being drunk — Rodman's agent Darren Prince confirmed the flamboyant athlete checked into rehab.
"What was potentially a historic and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned," Prince said in a statement. "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."
"People forget Dennis is just an entertainer and retired NBA star. The fact remains that a basketball game was played in North Korea live in front of 14,000 people and hundreds of millions around the world viewed clips of the game."
This marks Rodman's third trip to rehab.
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