Lamar Odom Hits Back at ESPN Host Who Joked About Him Doing Crack
You don't mess with Lamar Odom, especially about drug addiction.
On Thursday, June 22, ESPN host, Stephen A. Smith, joked about Lamar doing crack on First Take.
“His very first move as executive was to sign Lamar Odom — who was on crack!” Stephen said.
Lamar tweeted a letter written by his lawyer to ESPN on Friday, June 23.
Lamar's attorney wrote: “Let’s put aside the fact that Lamar passed all the required physicals and medical tests necessary to play in the league. Let us look at what this statement does, not only to Lamar, but to any and all professional athletes that are struggling with addiction.”
In his tweet, he also included the hashtags, #slander and #ihopewearebetterthanthis.
The ESPN host released an apology in regards to Lamar. He wrote, “My comments were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom’s much publicized drug use and addiction. He was not the target of my ire."
He continued, "Lamar Odom is simply one of the nicest athletes any of us have encountered, and has always been a gentlemen to everyone in NBA circles — including me — which is something I’ve repeated throughout the years."
Fans will remember that Lamar's drug issues have caused him trouble in the past, including an overdose that put him into a coma in 2015.
The athlete checked into rehab last December.