Lamar Odom fell asleep before a custody case hearing in New York this morning.
The basketball player was waiting outside the Manhattan courtroom as lawyers from both sides discussed details of the case behind closed doors. A court officer noticed Odom deep in slumber on a nearby bench and approached the man in concern.
The New York Post writes that the court officer attempted to wake the sports star out of concern. Odom reportedly awoke and assured the inquiring officer that everything was fine.
Although he was asked to return to a sitting position and willingly complied, Odom allegedly continued to slouch while resting his head on his hand.
Odom is currently involved in a bitter custody case with Liza Morales, his former girlfriend of more than a decade. The couple are now battling in court over their two children, a 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. The couple lost a third child to SIDS in 2006.
According to TMZ, Odom claims that a severe case of jet lag was behind his Manhattan courthouse nap. The Los Angeles Clippers forward reportedly hopped a flight to New York after a game.
While visitation rights and child support issues figure prominently in the custody case, Odom and Morales are reportedly also locked in battle regarding appearances by their children on television.
You can watch Lamar Odom as he arrived today at the Manhattan courthouse in the video below:
Both parties have recently participated in reality shows. Lamar Odom, who married celebrity star Khloe Kardashian shortly after his breakup with Morales, is a prominent fixture on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Morales appeared on a reality show called Starter Wives, although she and Odom were never technically married. She recently spoke about the custody case to The Daily Beast:
“We kept things cordial for the children’s sake after the breakup, but that changed when he married Khloe. Now we only communicate through third parties and lawyers, which I regret deeply since it is exactly what we each experienced as children and said we wouldn’t do to our kids.”
Morales has reportedly accused Odom of engaging in a two year affair with Khloe Kardashian during their relationship. In 2010, she alleged that the basketball player rarely visits his children now that he is married. She has not commented on Odom’s nap at today’s custody case proceeding.