TODAY | January 09, 2014
>> dennis rod man apologizing for comments he made about kenneth bay. ian williams is in beijing with the latest this morning. ian, good morning.
>> good morning to you, willie. in the cold and sober light of morning, rodman seems to have recognized that he simply went too far, even by his outrageous standards. in a whitten statement today, rodman said i want to apologize. i take full responsibility. he said he'd been drunk and stressed when he suggested in a burl live, intelligible interview that ken earth bae must have done something wrong to be imprisoned in north korea .
>> no, i got it. if you want to say what kenneth bae .
>> reporter: comments that shocked and appalled bae 's sister.
>> this is not a game. he can play a basketball game with his own life but this is about a man's life that's on the line hear.
>> reporter: bae has been held for 14 months and is said to be in poor health. rodman is marking kim jong -un's 31st birthday. before the game he gave a raspy and surreal rendition of "happy birthday," his performance quickly becoming the butt of chat show chokes jokes.
>> please accept our gift of dennis rodman . no returns!
>> reporter: of course bae east family doesn't see it as a laughing matter. rodman will be coming back through beijing here tomorrow after his laptest round that he calls basketball diplomacy that turned out to be anything but.
>> thanks so much.