Lamar Odom nearly and very famously almost lost his life due to a drug overdose last year. At the time, he was separated from his wife, Khloe Kardashian. The incident took place at the most damning of locations: a legal Nevada brothel. It reportedly involved cocaine and "herbal Viagra," and when he was found unconscious and foaming from the mouth, Lamar Odom was not expected to survive.The former NBA star suffered from multiple strokes and organ failure as he struggled to survive his brush with death. His long-suffering and estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, was by his side when he woke up days later suffering from severe deficits.
The NBA star has struggled with drug and alcohol dependency for almost the entirety of his adult life, and his friends, family, fans, and Khloe all hoped that his Nevada overdose scare would help Odom get on the straight and narrow.Unfortunately for Lamar and everyone close to him, the athlete hasn't managed to magically turn his life around, even though his bad habits almost killed him. After months of strenuous recovery, reports began to surface that Lamar Odom was getting involved in drugs and alcohol again. While his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, had put off the couple's pending divorce while he recovered, even renting him a house, Lamar Odom was repeatedly photographed hitting the clubs and bars, drinks in hand. Odom's bizarre and troubling pattern of behavior has only seemed to worsen in recent months, with the star being tossed from a plane for being drunk and disorderly.Reportedly, Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian's struggling relationship was dealt an even bigger blow when friends and family descended on his rental house (a house rented for him by Khloe) to stage an intervention. At the time, Khloe had recently re-filed for divorce from Odom, and when his loved ones showed up to try to talk him into laying off the drinking (and other bad habits), they reportedly found crack pipes at his home.While the rumors of Lamar Odom's erratic and apparently addiction-fueled behavior continue to swirl, at least one person has his back and is coming to his defense. As Sports World News reports, his trainer, Oneil Pryce, jumped into the Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian fray by publicly claiming that his client was now sober.
"From what I know he's not drinking alcohol, because right now he is focused and that is the state I have him in right now. He has been drinking his water, staying low key and pretty much staying out of sight of everybody else, all of the negative stuff."To hear Pryce tell the tale, Lamar Odom is now on the straight and narrow following Khloe Kardashian once again starting up divorce proceedings at the end of May.
Despite the claims of Lamar Odom's personal trainer, Khloe Kardashian is one person who's less than impressed by the former L.A. Lakers star's recent behavior. E! reports that Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's tumultuous relationship has become increasingly strained in recent months and weeks because of Lamar's inexplicable behavior.According to the report, Khole has been on vacation, but had a conversation with Lamar that has her "worried," and she's been struggling to keep in touch with her soon-to-be ex-husband because of the spotty wi-fi available in Cuba.
"I mean even his drinking alone is so bothersome to me and it makes me so furious because he can't even be drinking, it hasn't even been one year."What do you think about Odom's continued struggles and the confident words of his personal trainer? Do you think that Lamar Odom could be on the path to getting clean, or is Khloe Kardashian right to be worried about his behavior and reported drug use and drinking?
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