The latest episode in the Dennis Rodman-North Korea saga emerged today.
The ex-NBA star spoke, in an interview with ESPN, on his recent interaction with the secretive state and the media storm that it had brought:
"At least someone tried.
"I don't want to be a hero, I don't want to be this, I don't want to be that. I just wanted to be, just do happy things and great things in life.
"That's all I wanted to do. That's it," Rodman explained in an emotional interview.
The former Chicago Bulls man was involved in several bizarre incidents during his trips to North Korea in January this year, drawing criticism for his friendship with leader Kim Jong Un as well as singing happy birthday to the leader and appearing to be drunk in a television interview.
The last incident also saw the player come in for criticism over his comments on detained American citizen Kenneth Bae.
And after such a backlash Rodman has revealed that he will not return to the controversial country:
"I don't want people to look at me as the devil or evil person.
"If I put anyone in harm's way, I apologize, you know. If you don't want me to go back there ever again, I won't go back."
While he admitted it may be unlikely Rodman will ever return to North Korea, he was not completely apologetic about his previous visits, stating that he still believes the North Korean leader may be planning big changes:
"If it does happen watch all of these people kiss my ass."