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Lamar Odom posts statement to address comments made by his father

Sep 25, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

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If you’re at all a fan of professional basketball, then virtually all of this summer’s news involving Lamar Odom has been nothing short of painful to watch.

Odom was a special talent in this league, and when engaged could perform at the game’s highest levels. He took home  the Sixth Man of the Year award in his final season with the Lakers, before personal problems resulted in him being traded to Dallas, where he didn’t even manage to finish the season during a brief stint where he did little more than anger those who followed the team closely.

Last season, Odom played a small role in the Clippers’ underwhelming exit from the first round of the playoffs at the hands of the Grizzlies. But he has yet to catch on with a team for the upcoming season, and there have been reports of drug use to go along with a DUI arrest that occurred in recent weeks.

As Odom’s downward spiral becomes more and more public, those close to him feel the need to speak out. His father, who Odom has very little contact with, recently gave an interview to share his opinions about what’s going on with his son. But Odom himself wants nothing to do with that part of his past, and took to Twitter for the first time in more than two and a half months to make a statement refuting these latest remarks.

Won’t continue 2 speak on this but I have got 2 let this out real quick. I have let this man and many others get away with a lot of shit. He wasn’t there 2 raise me. He was absent ALL of my life due to his own demons. My mother and grandmother raised me. Queens raised me. For the first time since they left, came a blessing of a FAMILY that I married into. FAMILY. That man wasn’t even invited to my wedding. He has never met my mother in law and some of my other family. How can a man who has NOT once called me to check on my well being have the nerve to talk so recklessly about his own “son”. He is my downfall! His own demons may be the ONLY thing he gave 2 me. He disrespecting the ONLY FAMILY that has loved me without expecting anything in return. They are the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time. Only person 2 blame is myself. Say what you want about me but leave the ones who have done nothing but protect and love me out of this! This goes to out to everyone!

It’s heartbreaking, honestly. But it gives us a glimpse into the emotional struggle Odom has been going through during this difficult time.

  1. papichulo55 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Good to hear that Lamar is fighting back. Hope that the publicity of his Intevention doesn’t hurt him.

    • spursareold - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      It’s never good when someone with a clear substance abuse problem flees rehab and “fights back”. It means they’re not gettting the help they need, and god knows, with his demons and that freaky circus family he married into, LO needs all the help he can get.

      • papichulo55 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Every recovering addict MUST address their individual issues. Attending Rehab is not a guarantee. The number of days in attendance at a Rehab is not a guarantee. ‘Fighting Back’ at root causes IS a required first step. Encouragement is in order, not skepticism based on innuendos of some pseudo-journalism. Lamar is doing this in a fishbowl, with sharks on both sides. Lets hope that he continues to slay his dragons, one day and one step at a time.

      • j0esixpack - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        I disagree. He’s not fighting back against rehab. He’s fighting back in defense of common decency and in support of what he views as his “true” family.

        That strikes me as a positive step for him.

        He’s not shirking responsibility – he’s accepting it – but that doesn’t stop him from doing what’s right in this case.

        Well done Lamar.

  2. booonly - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    good for you Lamar. not only did you put your dad in his place but, you also took responsibility for your own mistakes. good for you!

    • zerole00 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Wow, I just read his dad’s interview. The number of times he said “my son” is pretty disgusting. You don’t get to use that phrase as an absentee “father”. In fact, calling himself a father is an exaggeration. His role in this was pretty much as a sperm donor.

  3. m4a188 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Good for him, hopefully he can get back in 2 the league soon.

  4. mogogo1 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    The enablers and totally absent people always have the most fingers to point.

  5. malibudave66 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Lamar please understand we all have had people let us down. You yourself are no different and also face public awareness because of your status in life. Been there done that! Let your true friends and family be there for you and the help you are getting guide you brother! Also the God who made you loves you more than all and don’t ever forget that Sir. I know a lot of people are pulling for you and want to help! Your a special person Lamar! When I think of you and Metta I just shake my head and laugh what great couple of kids from the streets of NY city ! God bless you and Ron Metta. Metta beat his problems now it’s time for you and too and come back to the Lakers and kick some ass!!!

  6. yuwannano - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Gotta respect a man that acknowleges his own mistakes. Hope he gets better.

  7. zerole00 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Well the first step is admitting you have a problem and fortunately it looks like Odom has at least reached that point. The Kardashians seem like blood sucking parasites with their constant need for attention, but if they’re being an actual family to Odom then more power to him.

  8. 00maltliquor - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Woow. Sh_t just got real.

    Prayers go out to you Lamar. Hope you can eventually overcome this and this bs can stay out the media.

  9. provguard - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Lamar didn’t throw out a lot of stats with the Clippers, but he sure was a big cog in that 2nd team which at times was better than CP3 and the 1st teamers. I sure hope he can get the demons out of his life… It is hard to put things like this behind you, I know…

  10. eprobono - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Props to Lamar for manning up.

    I hope he actually gets the support and guidance he needs from the Kardashian clan, but given the general dysfunction and warped values in that family I hope he has other sources of support and guidance to balance with them.

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