On the heels of Dennis Rodman's controversial visit to North Korea, and subsequent serenading of Kim Jong-un, Monday evening saw "Piers Morgan Live" welcome retired basketball player Kenny Anderson for a live, face to face conversation.
A former All-American at Georgia Tech, and a man who scored more than 10,000 points during an NBA career that spanned nearly a decade and a half, Anderson was among the group of athletes that chose to join Rodman on his trip to the country in East Asia.
Revealing that he hadn't done his due diligence prior to arriving on site, Anderson admitted to feeling compelled to go through with the charity game played in honor of the nation's supreme leader:
"I feared - you know, you fear what you don't know ... Like I said, I got the phone call, a few hours before the game. My wife was crying. She was like, 'don't play.' She was scared of my safety. So I had no choice. You know, when we got there, they took - you know, they take our passports away, you know? And I just - I had to finish what I got into," said Anderson. "I felt bad. I felt bad. I felt very bad that, you know, for my family, you know, for my close friends and Americans and people that [sic] looked up to Kenny Anderson."
Organized by Rodman, last week's expedition gained increased exposure following Chris Cuomo's fascinating and polarizing interview with the rebounding specialist on CNN's "New Day." On Monday, seated across from the host, Anderson agreed that in hindsight he and his teammates were being made to appear as puppets. But while he regrets the experience, he candidly shoulders his own blame:
"First of all, I'm 43 years old. I make my own decisions. And like I said, I keep going back to it - I was upset with myself," he told Piers Morgan. "I didn't think it was going to give me so much backlash."
Watch the above clip for more of Morgan's interview with Anderson, including the basketball players' response to seeing video of himself clapping along as Rodman sang "Happy Birthday" to Kim. Then, for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN at 9.
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