UPDATE: Despite reports saying that Lamar has checked himself into rehab, TMZ is now reporting that this is not true, according to sources close to the basketball player. TMZ explains that they’ve been making calls looking into it, and the “definitive word” is that he’s not there. The article adds that Khloe and the Kardashian family have not heard from him in the past few days.
People reports that Lamar Odom has checked himself into a rehab center for drug and alcohol abuse. The source explains, “He realized he needs help.” Unfortunately this realization has had to come as a result of constant media speculation about his strained marriage to Khloe Kardashian, topped off by a DUI arrest last week, during which he refused chemical testing. As People points out, Lamar has confessed to drug use in the past, violating the NBA drug policies in 2001 and admitting to using marijuana. Odom’s father battled heroin addiction, as touched on in the reality show Khloe & Lamar.
This story has been playing out at a pace that’s often difficult to keep up with. Considering that for so long the tabloid headlines focused on Khloe’s struggles with fertility and rumors about Lamar cheating, the stories about Lamar’s drug abuse and erratic behavior seemed to escalate so quickly. This initially seemed suspicious, since these stories had the Kardashian name attached, which unfortunately comes with a side of skepticism. It’s hard to know what’s genuine and what’s created in Kris Jenner’s evil mind for ratings. Now, however, it seems that Lamar’s drug issues are very real and incredibly sad. However, maybe the speed at which this story has developed could be a good thing if it means Lamar can get the help he needs before his drug abuse causes any more damage, either physically or emotionally. As we’ve seen time and again, though, entering rehab doesn’t always guarantee a full and lasting recovery. At this point I just hope Lamar can get the help he needs.
My heart really goes out to Khloe during all this. In the midst of all the attention-seeking Kardashian drama and ratings stunts, I believed in Khloe’s love for Lamar. Even though I thought the speed at which they eloped was unwise, it seemed clear that Khloe really adored him, and that was refreshing to see alongside all the dysfunctional relationships the Kardashians’ series depict. Not only is Khloe the most tolerable member of that family, but it also seems she’s the most genuine and the least interested in spinning stories for her own benefit. Call me naive, but I look at Khloe’s headlines with the least amount of Kris Jenner conspiracy theory attached. Reports have suggested that Khloe is determined to get her husband the help he needs.
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