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Rodman's agent says former basketball star did not accept North Korean money during trip

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    El basquetbolista Dennis Rodman canta "Feliz cumpleaños" al líder norcoreano Kim Jong Un, sentado en las gradas, antes de un partido de exhibición de básquetbol en un estadio techado en Pyongyang, Corea del Norte, el miércoles 8 de enero de 2014. (Foto AP/Kim Kwang Hyon) (The Associated Press)

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    AP10ThingsToSee - Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, second right, walks with North Korea's Sports Ministry Vice Minister Son Kwang Ho, third right, upon his arrival at the international airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Rodman took a team of former NBA players on a trip for an exhibition game on Kim Jong Un's birthday, Wednesday, Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File) (The Associated Press)

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    Former NBA basketball star Charles D. Smith, center, is mobbed by journalists upon arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing from Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. A squad of former basketball stars led by Dennis Rodman had a friendly game with North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) (The Associated Press)

Dennis Rodman's agent says the former NBA star did not take any payment from the North Korean government during his trip this week to the country.

Darren Prince says the North Korean government did not finance any part of the trip, adding that Irish betting company Paddy Power PLC covered expenses for Rodman and his team of former NBA players that included Charles D. Smith, Kenny Anderson and Cliff Robinson.

NBA Commissioner David Stern told CNN this week that Rodman was influenced by "a flash of North Korean money" to stage an exhibition game in Pyongyang.

Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized the game. He also sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of the friendly game.