Khloe Kardashian is finally defending husband Lamar Odom, claiming that he is not the charity scam artist that an ESPN report revealed him to be.
In a statement posted on her website, Khloe writes:
“It is unfortunate that my husband has been the target of an attack on athletes’ charities, although he has personally contributed approximately $2.2 million to his foundation, Cathy’s Kids, to fulfill its charitable purposes that include helping underprivileged inner-city youth.”
The original “Outside the Lines” report posted on the ESPN.com website claimed that Cathy’s Charity did not use the money it received for cancer research as it had promised. Instead, the report claims a good chunk of the money went to fund two “elite” young basketball teams.
During the “Outside the Lines” report, Lamar actually proclaimed, “It’s my money.” Khloe Kardashian defends her husband by noting that “more than 90% of the money raised by the foundation” came from Lamar.
Khloe goes on to state:
“All of the funds donated by Lamar and the other contributions to Cathy’s Kids were used for one of the foundation’s intended charitable purposes. Not one penny went to help Lamar personally or any member of his family. No charitable funds were misused, and the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy’s Kids a clean bill of health, confirming that there were no improprieties.”
In addressing the youth basketball programs, Khloe notes:
“Cathy’s Kids was formed with several purposes in mind, including benefitting underprivileged youth and cancer research. A decision was ultimately made that the charity should focus on one of those purposes — to help enrich the lives of underprivileged inner-city youth. It accomplished that goal. Cathy’s Kids helped fund multiple AAU basketball teams providing underprivileged youth with opportunities enriching their lives, providing financial support for coaching and travel to tournaments, helping inner-city youth on a path toward success and leading many participants to go on to college.”
It’s still unclear how handing money to “elite” youth basketball programs managed to help underprivileged youth.