TMZ – Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious Tuesday at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.
The former Los Angeles Laker was in a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday night and there was no immediate word on his condition, officials said.
The Nye County Sheriff’s Department was called at about 3:15 p.m. to Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas for a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance, Sheriff Sharon A. Wehrly said in a statement.
The 35-year-old was stabilized and taken to Desert View Hospital in nearby Pahrump, the statement said. Officials then tried to have him airlifted to Las Vegas, but the 6-foot-10-inch Odom was too tall for the helicopter that was available and he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.
The emergency call came from the media director for Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other brothels in Nevada.
Hof, who had his own reality series, “Cathouse,” on HBO, said Odom had been staying at Hof’s home that is attached to the brothel since Saturday.
Hof told the Times that Odom “wanted to get away from everybody, wanted to have fun.”
He said two women from the brothel found Odom unconscious in the afternoon after not seeing him since early in the morning.
He said when they turned him over, “terrible stuff came out” of his mouth or nose.
Hof said Odom had been taking herbal Viagra and had drunk part of a bottle of cognac since arriving but had no knowledge of his use of any other drugs.
Not much to say here other than hopefully Lamar pulls through. This would be a sad, much too premature, end to a talented life that has taken a dark turn as of late. By many accounts, Odom is a good guy whose struggles with drug and alcohol addiction have led him down an incredibly dark road.
Odom was a first round draft pick out of Rhode Island in 1999, starred on a young upstart Clippers team for four years before signing with the Heat and eventually winning two championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. He also became a reality television star due to his much publicized engagement, four-year marraige, and subsequent divorce with Khloe Kardashian.
Lamar last played in the NBA with the Clippers in 2013 – around the same time as his divorce – and his personal life has seemingly fallen to shambles. A back injury, no-contest plea to drunk driving, and continued battles with drug abuse have resulted in Odom becoming a recluse, outside of randomly popping up as a subject of conversation on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Here’s to hoping that Odom comes out of this apparent overdose with a new lease on life and is able to get himself right. Personally, he was one of my childhood favorite athletes; he introduced me to a new breed of basketball player that I had never seen – the 6’10 point forward with shooting touch and sick handles. I used to pray for an eight inch growth spurt so I could play like Lamar. Those young Clippers teams were a circus, but they were damn fun to watch and Lamar turned himself into a lovable character; an endearing wild card. Get well, Lamar.