News broke on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 that Lamar Odom suffered a devastating accidental drug overdose while partying at the Love Ranch brothel (an offshoot of the Bunny Ranch brothel of Las Vegas, Nevada) in Crystal, Nevada. It is said that Odom arrived to the brothel on Saturday, October 10th and negotiated with the owner, Dennis Hof, for a 5 day party package for $75,000. None of the prostitutes who were with Odom admit to seeing him use illegal drugs during his time there, but they do acknowledge that he was drinking alcohol and that they supplied him with approximately 10 herbal Viagra-like supplements. However, contrary to this, sources at the Sunrise Hospital where Lamar was treated are said to have found “virtually every drug imaginable” in Lamar’s system (cocaine and heroin among the suspected drugs found).
Odom was initially taken to Desert View Hospital and was to be airlifted to another hospital, but at 6’10” tall he was deemed too large for the medical helicopter (Medevac) and was instead rushed by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. Within an hour of publicized media headlines about Lamar’s condition, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Malika Haaq, Khadijah Haqq and Kris Jenner were on a plane to Vegas. Kendall Jenner and even Caitlin (Bruce) Jenner soon followed. Initial reports had Odom as comatose in the ICU, his liver, kidneys and heart failing and that he was breathing via hospital ventilator. He was said to have had numerous strokes since he was admitted to the Sunrise facility and many online media outlets also reported that he was brain dead.
Then, Jesse Jackson, who happened to be in Las Vegas on his way to a fundraiser gala in Los Angeles visited the hospital for a few hours and [he said] spent 30 minutes with the basketball star. Jackson said that Lamar’s “condition was improving” and that he saw “signs of responsiveness”. He later clarified his statements to say that Lamar was still “a very sick man… fighting for his life” and that he is “not communicating in the verbal sense” but that he’s “responsive to a minor degree”. Sources inside the hospital said that Jesse Jackson was “flat out wrong” and that he only had 3 minutes alone with Odom. However, after Jesse Jackson’s visit and subsequent interviews with the press, doctors at Sunrise gave Lamar a 50/50 prognosis of survival but maintained that 4 of his organs were still failing and that he had brain damage. Additionally, it was reported that Odom was on dialysis due to kidney failure.
It was around this time that news outlets began reporting that Khloe and Lamar were still legally married. Both parties had signed the divorce papers, but due to a back log in the LA County court system, a judge had not signed off on them. News outlets also noted that although estranged, since Khloe was legally still Lamar’s wife, she was responsible for making all medical decisions for him to include whether to stop or continue life-sustaining measures. Khloe is said to have flow Lamar’s two teenage children (Destiny and Lamar Odom Jr.) and their mother (Liza Morales) into Vegas to see their father, although many reports say that Liza paid for the trip herself.
Early Friday (10/16/15) morning, People magazine reported that Khloe and Lamar’s family were “preparing for the worse” and a source is quoted as saying “he is on his last leg”. Then less than an hour later, reports surfaced that Lamar’s heart function was “much better” and doctors called it a good sign. By that afternoon, E! News reported Lamar had awoken from his coma, said “Hey baby” to Khloe, gave her a thumbs up and began breathing on his own. Soon afterwards, Lamar’s family were seen looking relieved outside the Sunrise Hospital. By Tuesday, October 20th, Khloe had Lamar moved by Medevac (which he was miraculously able to fit in this time) to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. And Wednesday morning (October 21st) Khloe’s attorney, Laura Wassler, appeared in court on her behalf to have the divorce papers withdrawn from the court. She had what appeared to be a document signed by Lamar indicating that he was not represented by legal counsel and that he agreed with the motion to dismiss the divorce petition. Pretty amazing for someone to be of sound mind and body and able to make such an important decision whom just 5 days earlier was reported as possibly being brain dead!
Owner Dennis Hof is quoted as saying Lamar wanted to “get away from everybody” and “have fun” and others described his demeanor as “chill”. That is until he received a call from someone about Sunday’s (10/10/15) episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Some of the ladies that were near Lamar said he seemed upset after hearing about the way he had been portrayed on the show that had just aired. It was reported that Lamar had previously begged Khloe Kardashian to refrain from airing their phone conversations on the show, however that Sunday’s episode showed Khloe receiving two calls from Lamar. During one call Kim watched Khloe with a sour expression as Khloe spoke to Lamar. Kim proceeded to chastise Khloe for keeping in contact with Lamar and in her confessional Kim remarked that seeing Khloe be “flirty” with Lamar made her “sick to her stomach”. During the second call, Lamar sought solace from Khloe after learning his best friend Jamie Sangouthai had died suddenly. At the conclusion of that call, Khloe remarked that it was “One death after another. I can’t handle it”. Then in her confessional she remarked, “I’m really on high alert for Lamar because, I mean, anything I think will set him to spiral and that’s kind of the last thing I want for him.” Additionally, during the same episode, Khloe felt forced to leave a club after learning Lamar was allegedly trying to get inside to see her. All these incidents seemed to be the trigger that set Lamar off on his downward spiral. A source claimed that Lamar began ranting to the women at the brothel that the Kardashians had ruined his life, were using him for ratings and they conspired to break him and Khloe up. It is said that Lamar remained upset until he was found unconscious on Tuesday (10/13/15).
Sadly, Lamar Odom is no stranger to tragedy. In fact, his life has been rife with it. His mother died of colon cancer when he was just 12 years old. He was raised by his grandmother Mildred Mercer, because his father was a heroin addict. On June 29, 2006 his 6 ½ month old son, Jayden, died from SIDS while sleeping in his crib in New York. On July 9, 2011, his cousin Curtis Smith was murdered. While Odom was in New York for Smith’s funeral, his driver struck a 15 year old boy who died the next day from injuries sustained. On June 14, 2015, Jamie Sangouthai (Lamar’s best friend) died from a flesh eating disease brought on by long term IV drug use. Finally, on June 20, just six days after his best friend died, another close friend, Bobby Heyward, died from a heroin overdose.
And then there is the story of Bob Oliva. Bob Oliva was one of the most influential basketball coaches in New York City for almost 30 years starting in the late 1970’s until he resigned due to a horrible scandal that surfaced in 2009. He was the varsity basketball coach at Christ the Kings Regional High School in Queens, NY during the time Lamar Odom attended the school from 1993 – 1996. The horrible scandal that stopped Oliva’s coaching career in its tracks was that of sexual abuse and child pornography. In March of 2010, he was indicted on 2 counts of rape of a child and 1 count of disseminating pornography to a minor by a Massachusetts grand jury. Numerous players came forward to provide statements to the grand jury; however the statute of limitations was up on the majority of those complaints. He was eventually prosecuted in Massachusetts because they didn’t have the same statute limitations. One former player of Olivas’ accused him of sexually abusing him over the course of several years in the 1970’s. Another boy accused Oliva of raping him twice during a 1979 trip to see the Boston Red Sox – Yankees doubleheader.
Oliva was known to regularly invite his favorite players to his house in Richmond Hill, NY where he lived as a bachelor with his elderly father. One victim said that Oliva would serve his underage guests beer and eventually ask them about their girlfriends and what kinds of sexual things they did with them. Then, he would claim that the talk was making him “horny” and would put on a porn movie and masturbate in front of his underage guest. On the court, Oliva was know for breaking his favorite players down by telling them they’d never be any good and then he would build them up by commending them on their improvement. One victim is quoted as saying, “He was like a god. He controlled my destiny”.
Oliva’s friend, Ray Paprocky, said that Oliva admitted to him that he had a sexual relationship with a student and he promised to resign from the school. Paprocky told Christ the King officials about Oliva’s confession, but they did nothing.
Eventually, Bob Oliva pled guilty to one count of sexual abuse in Massachusetts, but because of a plea agreement he did not serve any prison time. This is absolutely shocking considering the 2 rape charges could have gotten him 2 Life Sentences!! Instead, he received 5 years probation while wearing a tracking bracelet, required to register as a sex offender and provide a DNA sample to the Massachusetts sex offender database. He was also required to undergo sex offender treatment, give up teaching and coaching and have no unsupervised contact with minors. All in all, it seems Mr. Oliva got off quite easy considering he could have been serving TWO LIFE SENTENCES.
My Own Thoughts and Opinions
Knowing that Lamar Odom came from a troubled childhood, it is easy to see how he could have been pulled into Bob Oliva’s web. He loved basketball and getting to go to the coaches’ house would probably have seemed like a real treat and an escape to any young athlete with a similar tumultuous home life. Now I am only speculating, but IF something happened to Lamar during his time at Christ the King High School, it would make sense as to why he can’t seem to beat his demons now. The death of his mother, his father being a heroin addict and possibly having been sexually abused by a beloved coach – that is a lot for any young, vulnerable man to have to deal with. Also, it’s possible that along with the trauma of sexual abuse, Lamar may have been subjected to mind control programming and his handlers may have installed physical and mental triggers and certain weaknesses into his psyche way back then hence an explanation to why he left his children’s mother after the death of his infant son (a traumatizing event) and married Khloe Kardashian within only 1 month of knowing her (programmed reaction to the traumatizing event). It is rumored that Lamar dated Taraji Henderson prior to Khloe and asked her to marry him also. She turned him down, however.
Lamar Odom is a cautionary tale of how an unstable home life, multiple reoccurring traumas and drug and alcohol abuse can create the perfect storm for a person to fall victim to the Hollywood machine. He is so much more than a drug addict or a reality TV show husband. He is a two time NBA Champion (2009, 2010), NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2011), a Bronze Medal winner in the Olympic FIBA World Championship (2004), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2000), First Team All Atlantic 10 (1998), Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year (1998), Parade Player of the Year (1997), Two time Parade All American (1996, 1997). He is an excellent, accomplished athlete and should NOT be used as a storyline for a reality show and he should NOT be used to draw attention to the Kardashians and the products they are hocking.