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Report: Lamar Odom arrested for DUI

Aug 30, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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Lamar Odom — whose own agent admitted he was dealing with drug issues — was arrested early Friday morning (late Thursday night) for driving under the influence.

Of course, TMZ had the news first.

The bust occurred in the San Fernando Valley at 3:54 AM. Lamar — who was driving a white Mercedes SUV — was popped by the California Highway Patrol and taken to a nearby station, where he was booked and is being held on $15,000 bail.

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

Odom failed “numerous” field sobriety tests and refused to take a chemical test.

Odom’s agent admitted that his client was trying to get help for a drug problem, which he would not identify. TMZ had reported this drug issue had gone on for a couple years, though the past two seasons he did not fail any league drug tests. That said, the issue seems serious just by recent behavior including the apparent falling apart of his marriage (while there are all kinds of rumors we’re slow to believe everything TMZ or the tabloids write about Odom, especially without proof).

Odom passed every league drug test last season when playing for the Clippers, that would be four tests randomly spread through the season. (At least we know he didn’t test positive for harder drugs. In the NBA, the first two times a player tests positive for marijuana use he is sent to counseling and rehab, but the third positive test results in a five-game suspension. However, suspensions start immediately for harder drugs.) After the fourth test if a team suspects an issue it can demand more tests. I’m not going into a longer diatribe about drugs in the NBA right now, Tom Ziller covered that well already.

In Odom’s case, clearly something is going on. Which is too bad, because I like Odom, a guy who can be very funny and genuine.

There had been an Internet report that the Lakers promised Odom a roster spot if he immediately checked into rehab. That is not true, there has been no meeting or discussion along those lines. Right now there are no teams going to step forward and take a chance on Odom and he will have a lot of hoops to jump through to get back in the league.

Whatever happens, we hope Odom can clean up his life and get back on his feet.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    $15,000 bail for a DUI? Maybe California is different, but that seems really high.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      It’s pretty much the same as other states. If you pay the bond, it’s $1,500. Remember, if you post bail, you get all the money back eventually.

    • brookwell2013 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Odom is a good decent guy. If he does have an addcition problem I hope he gets some help has the strength to get better. He was one of those guys in the league that just everybody liked from his teammates, to the opposing teams and their coaches and staff. Come on Lamar, get it together, you’re an elite athlete so use some that fortitude to starighten out. The vast majority of fans are rooting for you LO.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Learn something new every day. I knew a few guys in college who got DUIs and they were either released after being put in the holding cell for 12 hrs or into the custody of a sober friend after a couple hours of paperwork, etc. All of them were pulled over, no accidents. They all had to simply “promise to appear.”

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        It sounds like they were released on their own recognizance, which can happen for multiple reasons.

      • redbaronx - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        @adamsjohn714 – I have a feeling there’s more to this story. Maybe something happened during the traffic stop itself with the arresting officer.

        It’s sad because ever since he blew up at Lakers management and went to Dallas, he hasn’t seemed the same on or off the court. I hope if he has a problem, he seeks help.

    • jhorton83 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      It’s because he refused the chemical test. That’s treated a lot more harshly.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:09 AM

        Smart move, though. Always refuse that test.

      • jhorton83 - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:55 AM

        No, not really. Especially in California. They go all out to bring the hammer down on anyone that refuses the chemical test in an effort to set an example. I know. I’ve gotten a DUI in California. I had an obscenely high BAC and I was released hours later without any bail. (Not something I’m proud of). I submitted to the chemical test. But I’ve heard horror stories of people who didn’t and this is pretty similar. Unless you’re absolutely sure you’re going to get off on the charges, it’s really not worth it, because the penalties are horrific.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        @jhorton, well if you’re ever in NC, refuse the test. Don’t sweat the DUI; bad things happen to good people.

  2. legend30 - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I think part of the reason for this is Rob Kardashian (Khole Kardashian brother). I got no idea what is going on with Odom, but the cops saved his life this morning. Some people may seem happy; conversely, most of them are hiding the demons inside of them. He been refusing to go to rehab, so the next alternative might be to file for divorce.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Can PBT go ahead and put together or link a Lamar Odom highlights video? This might as well be his retirement announcement.

  4. reesesteel23 - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Get your life together man….should’ve never married a Kardashian.

  5. yuwannano - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    GET IT TOGETHER MAN! You get handed a silver platter (being able to play in the NBA for lots and lots of $$$$) and you’re just THORWING it away? It’s so hard to have sympathy for people like this.

    • spthegr8 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      @yuwanna
      Handed a “silver platter”??? Do you know Lamar’s story?? That was a rhetorical question because you CLEARLY don’t. His mom died when he was young( cancer, he was like 11 or 12 ), his dad wasn’t around ( drug addict) and was raised by his grandmother, who passed as well. Now while he has a GREAT job but lemme assure you, he wasn’t handed a ” silver platter “. ‘It’s hard to have sympathy for people like this” Just cuz he is rich and famous, is supposed too be perfect?? Is he not allowed to make mistake’s?? STOP being so judgmental and learn facts before you post.

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Not to mention a child who died of SIDS and being at one relative’s funeral when his town car (he was not driving) hit a boy on a bike and killed him. Odom has been through a lot and would not be the first to try to escape it. Doesn’t make it right, but makes us understand and relate to him.

    • reesesteel23 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Silver platter?…What..you think he got drafted because he was tall?….Gotta put in work.

    • mytthor - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Yeah nothing like that silver platter where your infant son dies of SIDS, your close cousin gets murdered, and you’re a passenger in a car that kills a cyclist within a space of a few years. Give me a break.

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Anyone saying Odom has had an easy life doesn’t know his story.

  6. 8man - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Beginning of the end for Odom in the NBA. It’s September and he’s unsigned. Now he is unsignable.

    The Cowdashians are poison.

  7. tigers182 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    If my wife was that huge, I’d be on a 24/7 bender too.

  8. papichulo55 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I wish the judge could have found a way to have him spend 30 days in the County! Tough Love is what he needs. My prayers are with him and his family, especially for his kids, who already lost a baby brother.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      I’m glad the judge didn’t abuse his power. They are required to follow the law.

      • papichulo55 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Sounds like you never had this in your family. If the reports are true, Lamar is mentally and physically sick. Getting him off of he streets is in the best interest of his family, and the general public. Forget about his career or that damn Cable show. I just dont want to see Lamar wind up like Eddie Griffin. The judge could have and should have initiated an involuntary psychiatric hold.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:12 AM

        While 30 clean days may be whats best for him, it’s not up to a judge to make that ruling based on unsubstantiated drug allegations. The case on the docket will be a DUI, and that’s what he will pay attention to. It sounds like Lamar should seek help, but that’s an unrelated matter.

      • papichulo55 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        @adamsjohn, I am not sure what law school you attended or your courtroom experience, but I assure you that the DUI judge has the power to hold someone. There are many families deparately looking for help with an Intervention. Family can, and should, use any method that they can to stabalize the person until they can get help. I speak from experience.

  9. chiadam - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    The Lakers have stooped to promising roster spots to crackheads that check into rehab.

    • kb2408 - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      How was this ^^ crap not blocked?!

      • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Blocked because he insulted yer buddies? Sure it’s in bad taste but to block all bad tastes posts wouldn’t leave much left.

  10. scdocal - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Bond is bail isn’t it. Yeah 15,000 seems like alot but maybe they doing him a favor

  11. MyTeamsAllStink - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Whats sad is that this will all be on that stupid “reality” show soon.

  12. kb2408 - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Come on, L.O., LAKERS fans all around the world are pulling for you. Forget basketball, his life is in danger. If he doesn’t get help real soon this story is going to have an ugly ending.

  13. 00maltliquor - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming.

  14. ravenousmind - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    This is what happens when your around The Kancerdashians….. I hope he gets help, I want to feel sorry for him, but he made those decision’s…I just want to hear from him what’s going on..not TMZ

  15. benjaminmoney - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    this headcase needs to see a shrink.

  16. seanb20124 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Is this his cry for help?

  17. 22yearsagotoday - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    He probably didn’t know that when wacked out of your tree you have to floor it in reverse…only in Southern Cal.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Seriously, I hope he gets the help he needs. Drugs are very bad.

  18. phinfan527 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    No good comes when you get sucked into the Kardashian family. These chuckleheads do not represent the true meaning of an American family!! Please go away!!

  19. lrical - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    That 15000 surety. Only 1500 thru a bail bondsman or you can post 20% and bond yourself out

  20. longtallsam - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    I have never understood why these highly paid athletes can’t just hire are driver. if I have that kind of income, I would never drive.

  21. mcqphx - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Tommy Boy

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Ha! You are going way back!

  22. nokoolaidcowboy - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    On Lamaar’s defense…

    1. He is married to a Kardashian. Lots going on.
    2. Calling a cab or limo costs money and times is hard.
    3. Calling a friend…well, who is really a friend these days when you are rich?
    4. He is married to a Kardashian.

    …that is all.

  23. jimeejohnson - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    “Calling a friend…well, who is really a friend these days when you are rich?”

    Other rich people.

  24. mytthor - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I hate the Kardashians in terms of the fact that they’re rich and famous for no reason, and I think it’s asinine to see their “problems” on TV when real people with real problems just have to deal with it. However, my wife watches that stupid show, and while I get tired of having it on my TV, I don’t get an indication of anything from their relationship other than it’s a pretty realistic normal relationship and she seems to genuinely love and care about him. A person doesn’t cause another person to be addicted to drugs – addiction is an illness. Anyone who has anything but sympathy for Odom, just be glad it’s never something you’ve had to deal with.

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