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January 9th, 2014
07:32 PM ET

Did Rodman hurt U.S. efforts to free American imprisoned in North Korea?

(CNN) - Does Dennis Rodman plan to leave North Korea anytime soon? One of the former NBA players who was on the trip with Rodman flew back to Beijing today, but Rodman and others appeared to have stayed behind. There are reports they went skiing.

Rodman's team lost the exhibition game against North Korea, and he gave an explosive interview to CNN's Chris Cuomo in which he appeared to criticize Kenneth Bae, an American that has been detained in North Korea for more than a year.

Rodman has now apologized for that interview, releasing a statement that said in part, "I had been drinking. It's not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It's not an excuse, it's just the truth. I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae's family. ... At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry."

The Bae family released a statement Thursday saying they accept Rodman's apology.

There is a serious question to ask in the aftermath of Rodman's escapades - has he hurt the chances of Kenneth Bae's release?

Former lead U.S. delegate during the Six Party talks with North Korea from 2005 to 2009 Christopher Hill joins "The Lead" to discuss.

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