Khloe Kardashian and her husband Lamar Odom have found themselves embroiled in a tabloid scorcher of a scandal recently, when accusations that a charity they run didn’t give any money to its intended started hitting headlines.
They’ve fought back, of course, but now there may be new evidence of wrongdoing!
Cathy's Kids is a charity that Lamar started in honor of his mother, who passed away from colon cancer many years ago. Khloe’s website explains that Cathy’s Kids “focuses on improving the lives of underprivileged children,” and according to tax filings, it also exists "to generate funds for research, care, and clinics for cancer, as well as promote education and awareness about cancer - especially for minorities."
The scandal arose when the org came under scrutiny, and it turned out that exactly none of the $2.2 million raised had gone to cancer research, and $1.3M of it had gone to funding two elite youth basketball teams.
Khloe, of course, immediately fought back against the charges. She took to her blog to explain that funding the teams is part of the charity’s mission to serve underprivileged youth, and helps put these kids “on a path toward success” that will lead “many participants to go on to college.”
But now, according to TMZ, one of the organizations that Lamar claimed got that $1.3 million never saw a penny of that money.
When asked about what organizations the funds went to, Lamar reportedly answered, "A lot through AAU basketball in my neighborhood where I come from in South Jamaica, Queens."
But Henry Forrest, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, said that isn’t true.
"Cathy’s Kids has never donated to us,” Forrest said. “They have never, ever contributed to us. On Sunday morning it was mentioned that Cathy’s Kids has contributed to AAU Basketball teams ... that is an incorrect statement."
Yikes! That sounds pretty damning, until Forrest explains a little further. Apparently, it’s possible that Lamar financed an independent local team with all that money, and that team then participated in AAU events, though without any official AAU affiliation.
Lamar is an NBA player and his wife is an incredibly wealthy reality starlet, so it seems a bit crazy that they would do anything so shady on purpose.
What do you think, is this an honest misunderstanding? A case of lazy mismanagement? Or do you smell something fishier? Weigh in below!