Lamar Odom insisted he did not do drugs the night of his near-fatal overdose, but was actually drugged.
During the former NBA star's virtual appearance on Addiction Talk on Wednesday, August 18, Odom said he was “embarrassed” when he woke up from his coma and found out he had ingested drugs, since he claimed he did not voluntarily take anything.
Odom claimed he "didn’t take anything that night," before candidly admitting he was scared that someone seemingly tried to harm him. “I was really hurt and almost in some sense, afraid because somebody just tried to take my life," he said in the Facebook Live interview.
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The former Lakers player candidly said he turned to cocaine after his baby died from SIDS in 2006. “When my son passed away at six months in 2006 I kind of used cocaine for a crutch instead of my family and my children,” Odom shared, noting: “I paid the price, short-term price."
However, the retired athlete didn't realize his addiction was becoming "too much" until it began to interfere with his marriage to the KUWTK reality star. “‘This is out of control,'” he recalled thinking.
Odom then recounted when the Good American co-founder and her family took him to rehab for the first time after he called Kardashian while extremely high. Looking back, he honestly said: “[They did it] out of love.”
Though Odom didn't specifically name the Love Ranch brothel, where he overdosed, he previously alleged owner Dennis Hof or someone working for the boss was responsible for landing him in the hospital.
“I think Dennis Hof… I don’t know what he had against me, but I didn’t do drugs that night, to be honest with you," the 41-year-old said in 2019 on The View. “So I don’t know if he tried to poison me, or … I don’t know what he had against me. He tried to kill me.” Hof died of a heart attack that same year, and his estate has yet to comment on Odom's claims.