Lamar Odom isn’t mad that his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, featured photos of him at the hospital in a recent episode of the family’s reality program Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
The Kardashians received backlash after having made the conscious decision to feature photos of Odom’s hospital stay on the show on Sunday. To say that the snapshots were disturbing is an understatement, and fans certainly didn’t feel the need for the likes of Khloe and Kris Jenner to publicize the athlete’s downfall any further than they already have.
But according to reports, Odom was actually on board with the idea of showing people his condition at the Las Vegas hospital, where he stayed for several weeks following his overdose at a nearby brothel.
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Sources allege that the former Lakers player felt it was important for people to see what kind of condition he was in just less than a year ago. Lamar reportedly told the Kardashians that if the photos that were featured on the show can help someone similar in his situation, then he thinks the idea behind it was totally worth it.
For Odom to have recovered the way he has is an absolutely miracle, doctors have said. In fact, Lamar’s condition was so bad upon arriving at the Vegas hospital, Khloe, who stood by her husband throughout, was told to prepare for the worst as Lamar’s health continued to deteriorate.
The troubled 36-year-old NBA star also hasn’t been taking any money for his appearances on the latest season of KUWTK, as one source put it, “It ain’t about the money. He’s not going to hound Khloe or her mother to pay him for making his near dear experience public.”
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“Lamar wants to share this. He could have yanked the cord months ago but he chose not to. He thinks he’s helping other people by sharing his story. He also believes he’s showing Khloe that he’s a man who can face his demons head on. Part of all this is to impress Khloe and hopefully put their marriage back on solid foundation.”
Of course, with recent photos of Lamar Odom drinking at a local mall in Los Angeles, signs of the former athlete making better choices regarding his life can certainly be ruled out.
This isn’t the first time Lamar was caught drinking out in public, having also been spotted at a bar during Easter weekend downing several glasses of alcohol, reports claimed at the time. And while Khloe has tried to reason with Odom that he could potentially face another addiction battle, Lamar says he’s not an alcoholic, adding that controlling his liquor is not a problem for him.
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By the look of recent photos, this certainly doesn’t seem to be the case, which begs the question: What Lamar Odom is actually teaching those who he’s trying to inspire by watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians?
If he’s willing to document his recovery openly and honestly, is he also going to show them the dark times that have now seen him return to drinking again? Fans seem to think it’s all very hypocritical, but only time will tell whether Lamar Odom can pull it together.
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