Contrary to multiple sources stating that former Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom has been missing for the last few days, he reportedly is in a Los Angeles hotel with friends dealing with an unspecified drug problem, according to ESPN.com.
Over this past weekend, TMZ reported that Odom had been missing for 72 hours after he rejected his wife Khloe Kardashian’s attempt to hold an intervention due his drug abuse, but that information was refuted by his agent Jeff Schwartz.
“”Lamar is not missing. His wife knows exactly where he is.” Schwartz said on Monday to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Schwartz would not release the whereabouts of his client, but on Monday Odom was spotted driving in the gated community near his home in the San Fernando Valley. As rumors are floating around that her husband’s alleged drug addiction has their marriage in jeopardy, Kardashian on Monday from her Twitter account tweeted “”Really hard to sit here and listen to people talk s— about my family.”
There have also been several articles outlining that the former sixth man of the year has been battling drug addiction
to Oxycontin and crack cocaine over the past two years which also includes a family intervention and a stint at a rehabilitation facility last August.
TMZ also reported that during a road trip in his one year with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12 season, employees at a Westin Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee found evidence that Odom had been using drugs in his guest room. According to TMZ sources, the hotel worker had found “white powder” substance on the desk in the room along with several “quarter-sized burn marks” on the carpet and that the room “reeked of noxious smoke.”
The report also goes on to state his drug addiction may have caused the Mavericks and the 33-year-old to agree to a contract buyout and that his drug problems go as far back as to his days with the Los Angeles Lakers. Odom’s personal problems also may have been the reason why the Clippers chose to sign
former Lakers forward Antawn Jamison
instead of re-signing him.
Amid the rumors on Monday his agent stated that the 14-year veteran still aims to continue his career in the NBA.
“”Playing in the NBA is still very much a part of Lamar’s plans,” Schwartz said.
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Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90