Beijing (CNN) -- Dennis Rodman is apologizing. Again.
Last week, he said he was sorry about his bizarre, drunken outburst on CNN about an American citizen held prisoner in North Korea. Now, Rodman says he's sorry about what's going on inside North Korea, a nation renowned for its human rights abuses.
But the eccentric former NBA star known as "The Worm" isn't contrite about his latest puzzling visit to the secretive state.
He said he did nothing wrong by organizing a basketball game last week at a packed stadium in Pyongyang, an event at which he sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"I'm sorry for what's going on in North Korea, the certain situations," Rodman told CNN on Monday after arriving at Beijing International Airport from Pyongyang.
He didn't say exactly what those "situations" are. He may have been referring to the reports of horrific human rights abuses by his friend Kim's regime, or to the estimated 200,000 people kept in political prison camps.
Or maybe he was talking about Kenneth Bae, the U.S. citizen sentenced last year to 15 years of hard labor by North Korea on accusations that he planned to bring down the government through religious activities.
He was certainly less boisterous than when he spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo last week. In that interview, he appeared to suggest that Bae may have done something to deserve his heavy sentence. After his on-air rant drew criticism from Bae's family and others, Rodman apologized, saying he'd been drinking and was under stress.
In Beijing on Monday, returning from a week-long visit to North Korea, he struck a more humble tone.
"I'm not God, I'm not (an) ambassador, I'm no one," he said. "I just want to show the world the fact that we can actually get along in sport. That is it!" Rodman later flew back to the United States, landing at Newark, New Jersey, Monday evening. He left the airport there without talking to reporters.
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FYI - for anyone interested in North Korea, FRONTLINE on PBS will be airing a new documentary on Kim Jong-un and the regime tonight at 10 pm and the episode will be available online afterwards.