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Posted: June 29, 2017

Lamar Odom opens up about Khloe Kardashian, his journey into sobriety, night he overdosed

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11:  Former NBA player Lamar Odom at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Former NBA player Lamar Odom at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

By Nicole Moschella, Rare.us

NEW YORK —

Lamar Odom is putting it all out there.

The former NBA player appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” Wednesday and opened up about his issues with addiction, the night he nearly died after overdosing in a brothel in October 2015, his relationship with ex-wife Khloé Kardashian and his strained friendship with former brother-in-law Rob Kardashian.

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Odom and Kardashian were married in September 2009 after meeting and getting engaged in 30 days.

“It took some balls to do that, huh?” Odom joked about the quickie marriage that put him on a reality TV show.

Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, but briefly called off the divorce following his overdose.

The divorce was finalized in 2016.

Williams moved the conversation to the incident at the Bunny Ranch brothel in Mound House, Nevada.

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“When the big thing happened at the Bunny Ranch, you were only there for a few days,” Williams said.

“I mean, I wasn’t there for a day,” Odom said. “I woke up in a coma. I don’t know if I spent more than a day there. I don’t think so.”

“OK, were you high, Lamar?” Williams asked.

“No, I think that was God just trying to tell me to stop doing whatever I was doing. I didn’t take any drugs that night,” he said.

“You said there were no drugs in your system. How many women were in the room?” Williams asked. Odom responded that there were two women in the room at the time of the overdose but insisted he did not have sex with them. “So, you didn’t do drugs but by the way, the toxicology report said you had cocaine in your system. Real talk.”

“OK, but I didn’t,” Odom insisted.

After waking up from the coma, Odom couldn’t walk or talk, and had to relearn everything. Khloé Kardashian was by his side as he recovered.

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Months later, Odom was removed from a flight after he was presumably intoxicated. When Williams asked about that incident, Odom had just one thing to say.

“That was (expletive),” he answered. Odom admitted that even though he has had some struggles in the past, he does occasionally indulge in alcohol. Now that he’s sober from drugs, Odom is considering a career as a coach for the NBA.

When asked about his strained relationship with former brother-in-law Rob Kardashian.

Odom told Williams: “We were close. He has a child. I haven’t met his child yet or anything.”

Williams pressed the athlete about why they don’t speak anymore, and Odom answered, “I don’t know. I guess maybe it’s because I hurt his sister too much. I have no idea. If she was my sister, I would have a problem with me too.”

Williams asked if Odom wanted to reconcile with his ex, and he said, “No.”

“I say that with no offense to her,” he said. “That would be the best for both of us. We have to keep our distance.”

Watch the full interview from “Wendy” below.


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Lamar Odom was found unconscious after reportedly partying for multiple days at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, The Associated Press reported.

The ranch is a legal brothel in Nevada.

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Officials had order a medical helicopter to fly Odom to a hospital in Las Vegas Tuesday night. But that did not happen as he was too tall for the helicopter, The AP reported.

The former basketball star and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian arrived at the ranch on Saturday, Oct. 10 and was found unconscious on Tuesday after partying with a group of women, NBC News reported.

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Odom arrived at the ranch on Saturday, NBC News reported.

The Love Ranch South owner said Odom was found unconscious by two women around 3 p.m. on Monday after they left him to sleep at 6 a.m. After alerting staff that Odom was unconscious, they called 911, who instructed staff to “roll him on his left side.”

"A bunch of ugly stuff came out of him," said Hof.

Hof told multiple media outlets there were no signs of drugs but that Odom “was taking herbal viagra.”

The 35-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers forward is known to have struggled with substance abuse in the past.  

“He said he was just trying to get away from people so he could have some time to himself without the pressures of being who he is,” Hof said.

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office released this statement: 

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Members of the NBA community like Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Paul Pierce have posted support for Odom on social media.

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On Tuesday, Lamar Odom's estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, released a statement on her website regarding the former pro athlete's recent health issues. 

"The past week has been incredibly difficult," Kardashian wrote. "You can never be prepared for an experience like this."

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The 31-year-old reality TV star thanked family, friends and fans for support as well as hospital staff who have cared for Odom since he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel on Oct. 13. Reports said alcohol, cocaine and sexual stimulants were found in Odom's system.

Kardashian, whose divorce from Odom is pending but not final, has stayed by Odom's side since his hospitalization. People reports that her current boyfriend, Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden, has been supportive. 

Odom, who was in a coma for four days, spent a week at Las Vegas Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center before being airlifted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday. 

Khole's complete statement reads:

"The past week has been incredibly difficult. I am so thankful to family, friends and fans who have sent nothing but prayers and well wishes to Lamar. I also want to take a moment to thank everyone at Sunrise Hospital, inlcuding the amazing doctors and nurses for their kindness and diligent work. Under their amazing care, incredible, strides have been made. You can never be prepared for an experience like this, but without the outpouring of love and endless prayers Lamar has received and the strength I was given from my loved ones, it would have been difficult to endure. Thank you for your continued support. God is great!!!" 

Her family has also posted encouraging messages on social media. 

Let's dance again together soon. Prayers up for Lamar please. A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Oct 15, 2015 at 9:27am PDT

I have faith in you. I believe in the power of prayer and positive energy! Thank you all for your prayers! Lammy- I'm so happy Kendall & I could make you smile today! God is good! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Oct 17, 2015 at 9:44pm PDT

Come on Lamar!!!! You are such a champion... I know you got this.... #ourfighter #pleasepray #love #thatsmileiseverything A photo posted by @krisjenner on Oct 17, 2015 at 9:07pm PDT

Praying nonstop for my Brother !! A photo posted by ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) on Oct 14, 2015 at 6:35pm PDT

Believing in the power of prayer for this beautiful soul. A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Oct 15, 2015 at 10:52am PDT

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