Lamar Odom On Hardcore Drugs?
The marriage of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom is in crisis, and TMZ has learned … the core reason is hardcore drug abuse.
Multiple sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … Lamar has had a problem for 2 years. It got so bad, last August Khloe pressured Lamar to go to rehab.
Lamar went to a facility in San Diego, but he was so resistant Khloe hired private investigators to secretly stand guard at the rehab place to make sure he didn’t leave.
The P.I.s stood guard 24/7.
Our sources say Lamar constantly threatened to leave and Khloe made several visits to prevail upon him to stay.
We’re told after 3 weeks, Lamar left for good.
We’re told Lamar actually stayed clean once he left rehab and was able to play well for the Clippers this past season.
But when the season was over, sources say Lamar slipped deep back into hardcore recreational drugs.
As for reports that Lamar was cheating recently, we’re told Khloe is convinced it happened, and she feels she’s been hit with a double whammy … but drugs are the main problem.
As for divorce … neither Khloe nor Lamar has contacted a lawyer.
As one source put it, “Khloe is more concerned about saving Lamar than ending her marriage.”
We’re told the situation has become dire. Sources tell us … within the last 2 days, the entire family staged an intervention, trying to convince Lamar to go back to rehab, but he wouldn’t have any of it.
In fact, on Wednesday morning, right after the failed intervention, Khloe threw Lamar out of the house and as you see from the pic (above), one of Lamar’s friends is loading Lamar’s stuff in his car as Lamar watches.
We attempted to reach Lamar for comment … so far, no word back.
In November 2001, Lamar Odom was suspended for a drug violation after testing positive for the sticky icky twice in one season:
11/6/2001 – It’s too early to write off the Clippers’ season.
Lamar Odom doesn’t get that same benefit.
He has failed.
He let down his team, his fans, himself.
When the Clippers need someone to take their hand and guide them in the right direction, their best player will wander off into a minimum five-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug program, the NBA announced Monday.
That’s twice now.
Two more times than any other star player in the league, one more time than is even remotely acceptable.
When he was suspended in March, he said it wouldn’t happen again.
He failed to deliver on that promise.
Because of the cloak of secrecy surrounding the NBA’s drug policy, the details aren’t available.
The team doesn’t know exactly what went wrong and couldn’t talk about it even if it did.
At tipoff of Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, Clipper General Manager Elgin Baylor had not heard back from Odom.
Odom’s cell phone wasn’t accepting messages.
Odom’s punishment fits the description of a marijuana violation. Whether this latest suspension is because he had another positive test or because he didn’t follow the aftercare program is unknown.
The educated guess is that he tested positive.
The only thing we know definitively is that he failed.
The drug policy says suspension is warranted when a player “fails to comply with his treatment program through (A) a pattern of behavior that demonstrates a mindful disregard for his treatment responsibilities, or (B) a positive test for marijuana that is not clinically expected by the Medical Director.”
Well, Odom failed.
His teammates wouldn’t put it in those terms.
Michael Olowokandi, Sean Rooks, Keyon Dooling, they all kept talking about “support”–even though the team went 1-4 during last season’s suspension when Odom wasn’t in the games to support them.
“When families slip, you go there and try to help them out,” Olowokandi said.
“This isn’t the time to be judgmental at all.”
“People make mistakes,” Rooks said.
Odom is so likable that it’s hard to stay angry at him.
But Clipper Coach Alvin Gentry wasn’t in a very forgiving mood Monday.
It didn’t help that he had just been slapped with a $7,500 fine for verbally abusing an official Saturday night.
“It’s ridiculous that it’s happening,” Gentry said of Odom’s suspension. “It shouldn’t be happening. We’re very disappointed.”
The Clippers have a major financial decision to make.
Next summer they’ll have to choose whether or not to invest in Odom–and the future of the franchise–by signing him to a contract extension that could top $80 million.
What once was a no-brainer (\o7 sign the check, Donald\f7 ) now becomes a tough call. Can the Clippers really afford to commit that much money and wave goodbye to any salary-cap flexibility for someone as unreliable as Odom?
Lamar Odom and doubts, Lamar Odom and drugs.
Haven’t we been down this road before? Yep. The path is starting to look like a NASCAR track.
Drug rumors and some doubts about his character bumped him from the top spot in the 1999 draft down to the fourth pick, which is where the Clippers found him.