Posted September 05, 2013

Report: Lamar Odom may have checked into drug and alcohol rehabilitation center

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Free agent forward Lamar Odom has reportedly checked himself into a rehabilitation center. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Free agent forward Lamar Odom reportedly has checked himself into a rehabilitation center. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

UPDATE: TMZ.com is now reporting that Odom has not checked himself into rehab. Per TMZ’s report, Odom has simply dropped off the grid, to the point that even his wife has not heard from him.

The veiled, uncertain status of Lamar Odom seems to have been given a bit of clarity. According to People.com, Odom — who had been the subject of much rumor and reporting in recent weeks — has decided to check himself into a rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol abuse. From People’s report:

“He realized he needs help,” a source says of the NBA free agent and husband of reality star Khloé Kardashian Odom.

TMZ reported in late August that Odom had gone “missing,” while connecting the dots between his disappearance and an alleged drug problem. Jeff Schwartz, Odom’s agent, refuted the claim that he had “vanished,” via Marc Stein of ESPN.com, with the following statement:

“Lamar is not missing. His wife knows exactly where he is.”

ESPN.com also reported in August that Odom’s friends were “trying to get him help for an unspecified drug problem.” Speculation and rumor were fueled further when Odom was arrested last Friday morning on DUI charges in California. From CBSLA.com’s report on the arrest:

“One of our officers observed a white Mercedes SUV driving eastbound on the 101, approaching Sepulveda. The vehicle was weaving in the lanes, driving at approximately 50 miles per hour,” Officer Ming Hsu told KNX 1070.

Officers pulled Odom over around 3:25 a.m. after he exited the freeway at Coldwater Canyon Boulevard. He was arrested after he showed “objective signs or symptoms of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained,” Hsu said.

TMZ.com reported additional details of the incident:

He was pulled over on the 101 Freeway for going too slow — 50 MPH. Cops say Odom had been driving in a “serpentine manner.”

Lamar initially did not respond to cops, and drove 3 exits before finally coming to a stop. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ he showed obvious signs of intoxication. Lamar failed numerous field sobriety tests. When Lamar was booked, we’re told he refused all chemical tests.

Odom was reportedly released on $15,000 bail.

The 33-year-old Odom is an unrestricted free agent after spending last season with the Clippers, with whom he averaged a career-low four points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game. Odom has spent 12 of his 14 NBA seasons in Los Angeles, including five years with the Clippers and seven years with the Lakers, with whom he won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Jordan Farmar, one of Odom’s teammates from his Lakers days, says (via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com) that he and several others have reached out to Odom recently with no response:

“It sucks to hear,” Farmar said in a phone interview this week when asked about the string of misfortunes following Odom these days, from alleged drug use to an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

“It’s unfortunate. A couple of us have reached out to him and haven’t heard back. That’s just a sign of him going through some tough times.”

In the 2010-2011 season, Odom played a crucial role for the Lakers and was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, but has since seen his career go off the rails. In December 2011, the Lakers traded Odom to the Mavericks after reports of a dispute with management. His drop-off on the court from then on was stark and immediate, and at the time went largely unexplained. The value of this skilled, versatile forward vanished with his arrival in Dallas, where he played 50 underwhelming games before essentially being told to remain home. Prior to his dismissal from the team, Odom was reportedly confronted by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the locker room:

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, saying he hopes Lamar Odom’s departure is “addition by subtraction,” confirmed that a heated halftime confrontation between the owner and 13-year veteran was the breaking point that prompted the team and player to part ways.

… Cuban confirmed Tuesday evening the crux of the heated halftime confrontation was Cuban questioning Odom’s commitment. Odom, who had played only four minutes in the first half, reacted angrily to the question, shouting “stop playing games” several times. Odom did not take his seat on the bench until after the third quarter began.

“Well, yeah,” Cuban said when asked whether that exchange was the final straw. “Just his response to it. Everybody goes through ups and downs. Every player does. We tried to put him in a position to succeed. You guys saw it, saw what we did. It didn’t work.

“And I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not? Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn’t get a commitment. And that was the end.”

Odom was such a no-show for the Mavs that his teammates in Dallas reportedly voted to withhold his share of the team’s playoff bonus.

The following offseason, he was unloaded to the Clippers in a four-team trade that netted the Mavs no real basketball assets in return. Odom was able to provide some value in Los Angeles with his passing and defense, but his production was a mere fraction of what he offered during his time with the Lakers.

22 comments
GreenTabs
GreenTabs

You people are so simple. Why don't you do a little investigating instead of just printing what everyone else is printing? To wit, the reason for Mr. Odom checking into rehab: 1) Lamar lives in California. 2) To beat a California DUI, among other things, you have to show before your hearing that you understand the seriousness of your crime and are already trying to change your life. 3) With a DUI the best way to do that is to check into a rehab center ASAP. Whether you stay there or not is not important. 4) Having done that, when you appear in court your attorney will plead that you are full of remorse and have learned your lesson. The chances are, if you are in rehab, you won't even have to appear in court. 5) The California liberal judge will listen, smile over what a responsible person you are, and then reduce your crime to a misdemeanor, or at the least sentence you to community service. It's the way the system works people... it has nothing to do with Lamar Odom, his views, his life, or his intentions. For more references on this gimmick, see: Lohan, Lindsay.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Hopefully he and the kardooshian family all get high on crack and go driving their SUVs right off a cliff. 

WackyRdonkulous
WackyRdonkulous

The more I read about poor Lamar and his ordeal, the more convinced I become that it has everything to do with him having married into the Kardashian family.  I don't know how much these manipulative ladies are doing with media outlets behind the scenes, but I can totally see how Lamar would just want to disappear.  Those Kardashians seem to be everywhere, they're inescapable.  God help us.


To find out about Lamar's wild adventures while he's been MIA, check out my article "Lamar Odom Spotted in La La Land, Trying to Impersonate James Brown" at Wacky Redonkulous News. 

lu
lu

Just in Kris Jenner is being proved guilty of planting stories on all the gossip sites indicating Lamar. Lamar is claiming slander.  He is not in rehab he is MIA! Lol .. A reported drug dealer wants to help Lamar out to get help so he says he sold Lamar drugs with rob Kardashian present while they partied with prostitutes. And the Dealer made a point to say Rob didn't do any drugs. Whaaaat?   Sounds like Kris Jenner is doing crack. Unless he tests positive for drugs and admits a problem it is clear it is just a KK PR attack here comes the divorce court with "Wasser" same as the Kris humphries crap.. look out kanye kardashian your next!

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Needs to check into Skank Rehab and cure his addiction to that.

x72
x72

Nobody should feel sorry for this lazy crackhead loser who never had to work a day in his life.

newmn22
newmn22

The NBA's drug testing program is a joke.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

I hope the alcohol rehab tcenter can also help him with his crack cocaine addiction.   

renee
renee

Let's see:

Troubled athlete marries reality show "star"

Troubled athlete goes of rails

Reality show "star" organizes intervention (which fails, of course)

Troubled athlete REALLY goes off the rails and gets arrested

Troubled athlete goes into rehab

Yep, all the elements of a Kardashian show script.

kpflip
kpflip

Lamar has a good heart, which has been demonstrated on the Kardashian's reality show.

 Kloe, from what is out there in the news, is standing by her man and Lamar will get through this.  It is a

tough business being an athlete and married to someone who is followed constantly by the paparazzi.

I wish them well but as a mom, I would tell Kloe that she needs to also take care of herself and NOT

be dumped on.

bambam824
bambam824

That's what a season with the clips will do to a guy.

lu
lu

@GreenTabsGood point Green tabs however he was not arrested for a DUI. He refused a DUI analysis. To his credit. He received what is called a "Wet and Reckless". Meaning it could not be proved he was anything but sober however given the circumstances he was driving recklessly. It is the exact same punishment more or less as a DUI you still get your license pulled and fined. However your records is clear of all possible Drug or alcohol charges.  It has not been confirmed via his representatives or himself he ever entered rehab. I don't think he has nor would it be wise in this case. He will most likely go to court plead a lesser offense such as reckless driving pay the fine. And that will be that, that is if he is smart, trust he has the best lawyers working on this sticky situation. With the hired detectives dogging him hired by the KK fam he needs to laylow stay off the streets get security when out publicly .. for now.   The divorce is well on it's way the KK's are starting the smear campaign strong.  This is going to be messy.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@x72 You seem somewhat bitter that he has had better jobs than you.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@espnrefugee0218 Too bad that you could not take the time to read the headline or first paragraph before warming up your typing finger.

lassenlou
lassenlou

@Richard--Ramirez Thank you for an extremely sick comment. I can only hope by using a mass murderer title this is simply a really, really poor attempt at "humor."

kpflip
kpflip

@SteveRowFla @kpflip 

 I'm glad I don't know you.  You have no business in being opinionated and

close minded about the human condition. Why are YOU on this comment section?

Because you are "far too emotionally invested in this garbage."

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@ElvisHitler Nah, I got over that long ago.  Good one though.  You got me.   It is hard for me to compete with you professional posters that lurk around here.