Dennis Rodman said he won't return to North Korea, but insisted his motives for the controversial trips were pure in a recent interview with ESPN.
"At least someone tried," the retired NBA player said. "So that's how I look at it. 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 do great things in life. That's all I wanted to do. That's it.
"I don't want people to look at me as the devil or evil person," he added. "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."
The interview came nearly two months after Rodman and other retired NBA players visited North Korea to play an exhibition basketball game. Rodman was criticized for his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and widely ridiculed after he sang 'happy birthday' to the North Korean leader.
Rodman added in the interview that his quotes about Kenneth Bae, an American citizen detained in North Korea were taken completely out of context and said he didn't know about the situation. In an interview on CNN during his last trip to the North Korea, Rodman appeared to be telling Chris Cuomo that Bae was guilty of the crimes the North Koreans have accused him of. Bae's family immediately slammed Rodman, calling his comments "outrageous".
"The one thing people took out of context, was it's the way you said 'do you know what he did, do you know what he did? know what he did?' I said 'no, do you know what he did?' I didn't know what the hell he did," Rodman said.
Rodman said that he believed in his four trips he had gotten a view of the North Korean leader's ability to open his country to the 21st century.
"I know truly in my heart's something's going to happen," Rodman said. "If it does happen, watch all of these people kiss my a--."