Lamar Odom opens up about Khloe Kardashian, his journey into sobriety, night he overdosed
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Former NBA player Lamar Odom at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
The former NBA player appeared on "The Wendy Williams Show" Wednesday and opened up about his issues with addiction, the night he nearly died after overdosing in a brothel in October 2015, his relationship with ex-wife Khloé Kardashian and his strained friendship with former brother-in-law Rob Kardashian.
“When the big thing happened at the Bunny Ranch, you were only there for a few days,” Williams said.
“I mean, I wasn’t there for a day,” Odom said. “I woke up in a coma. I don’t know if I spent more than a day there. I don’t think so.”
“OK, were you high, Lamar?” Williams asked.
“No, I think that was God just trying to tell me to stop doing whatever I was doing. I didn’t take any drugs that night,” he said.
“You said there were no drugs in your system. How many women were in the room?” Williams asked. Odom responded that there were two women in the room at the time of the overdose but insisted he did not have sex with them. “So, you didn’t do drugs but by the way, the toxicology report said you had cocaine in your system. Real talk.”
“OK, but I didn’t,” Odom insisted.
After waking up from the coma, Odom couldn’t walk or talk, and had to relearn everything. Khloé Kardashian was by his side as he recovered.
Months later, Odom was removed from a flight after he was presumably intoxicated. When Williams asked about that incident, Odom had just one thing to say.
“That was (expletive),” he answered. Odom admitted that even though he has had some struggles in the past, he does occasionally indulge in alcohol. Now that he’s sober from drugs, Odom is considering a career as a coach for the NBA.
When asked about his strained relationship with former brother-in-law Rob Kardashian.
Odom told Williams: “We were close. He has a child. I haven’t met his child yet or anything.”
Williams pressed the athlete about why they don’t speak anymore, and Odom answered, “I don’t know. I guess maybe it’s because I hurt his sister too much. I have no idea. If she was my sister, I would have a problem with me too.”
Williams asked if Odom wanted to reconcile with his ex, and he said, “No.”
“I say that with no offense to her,” he said. “That would be the best for both of us. We have to keep our distance.”