Oct 16, 2015

Dear Pseudo-"News" agencies: (re Lamar)

"Kardashian reality star? No, no no. Lamar Odom, unlike those for whom fame is oxygen ... 
whose fame comes in the absence of accomplishment, his fame was earned.
 As sixth man of the year, as a multiple NBA champion, as a result of his significant role with the 
Los Angeles Lakers teams and being a beloved NBA teammate and peer."
"I understand not everyone watches sports, but 'Kardashian reality star'? 

His name is Lamar Odom. And we knew him, long before he got married on a
 TV show that we don't watch." ~Scott Van Pelt 

And while most blog-readers are more likely Kardashian fans than basketball or sports in general, I feel that we need to identify the man struggling to survive in a Nevada hospital as the person he is and not the "friend of" or the 'exhusband of'.
He is Lamar Odom.
I've blogged before about my love affair with my beloved San Antonio Spurs.  Part of being a loyal and loving fan of the Spurs requires two things: a historical hatred of the Utah Jazz (Carl Malone era), and a loathing of the nemesis that is the "Los Angeles Lakers."  That said?  The rivalry between the Lakers and anyone is warranted. The Lakers are a phenomenal team that one must respect as a team and unit (even if Kobe is there) because of the strength of the team, and Lamar was as others have already said and printed, 'the heart of the Lakers.'  Kobe may be the star, but Lamar was the shine and heart.
I watched Lamar as he grew up into the NBA from the Clippers to Lakers to Mavs and yes, he coincidentally became known to the non-sports world via his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.  He is a sweetheart of a man, everyone who's met him and been around him agree. I have a friend associated with a few current Lakers players and the rookies as well as the veterans are all distraught and upset about Lamar.  The NBA organization is upset and worried.  
What upsets many of us sports fans is the complete disrespect and lack of credibility some of the pseudo-news outlets are using regarding this grave situation involving Lamar.  He is his own person and deserves to be discussed and reported as "Lamar Odom" and not that of a 'reality star' or 'burn out' or whatever other Kardashian hating theme you want to call him.  He doesn't deserve that, not in life, near death, or god forbid in death. Don't fault him for choosing to love a Kardashian. At least it was the best one of them, Khloe.  

These gossip media and sources cling on to his faults.  Lamar has lived a life smiling but with shadows and demons constantly on his shoulders. No other individual has survived this long in his world and able to still have the heart and smile that he shares with us.  TMZ and other sources like them are clinging and profiting on headlines about where and how he was found. Yes, it was a brothel in Nevada. Newsflash people, it is legal there. And why is a legal and regulated brothel any worse than the numerous celebrities who get caught with prostitution associations?  His choice to visit that particular establishment from an STD standpoint is safer than the miscellaneous groupies he could have spent time with.  *however I would have encouraged a non-disclosure statement*
Yes, he has struggled with drug use.  He has for the last 15years, long before the NBA and long before Khloe. He has lived a life of shadows and death since his mother's passing from cancer when he was 12.  Between his mother, grandmother, aunt, the burying a 6month old son who died of SIDS, to being in the car accident that took a friend's life to the most recent of his best friend, Jamie and another within a month?  

Lamar needs and deserves a chance to shake those shadows, because frankly he was born with and has been fighting them for over 20 years. 

He deserves reprieve, so yes, my prayers are to him and his family. 

1 comment:

  1. I know we've already interacted regarding this topic, but your thoughts shared here are spot on as well. Even finding a picture for my blog post was difficult to not find one that is credited to a Hollywood gossip site. Ugh.


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