'Overwhelmed' Rodman Hits Rehab

Basketball player seeks help after drunken meltdown on CNN

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 19, 2014 6:31 AM CST

(Newser) – America's diplomat in chief to North Korea is out of commission for a while: Dennis Rodman, most recently known for cozying up to murderous baby-faced dictators and drunkenly melting down on CNN, has checked into rehab for alcoholism. He'll spend 30 days at a facility in New Jersey. The former basketball star is "beyond exhausted and overwhelmed," sources tell TMZ. It's not the first stint in rehab for Rodman, who appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2009 and also spent time at a facility in Florida in 2008.

Dennis Rodman arrives at the Capital International Airport in Beijing from Pyongyang, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Dennis Rodman arrives at the Capital International Airport in Beijing from Pyongyang, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
Dennis Rodman at an exhibition basketball game between US and North Korean players in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
Dennis Rodman at an exhibition basketball game between US and North Korean players in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman blows a kiss to Kim Jong Un, seated in the stands, before an exhibition game with US and North Korean players in Pyongyang, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
Dennis Rodman blows a kiss to Kim Jong Un, seated in the stands, before an exhibition game with US and North Korean players in Pyongyang, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
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