After rumor after endless rumor, Lamar Odom broke his silence via Twitter on Wednesday. While he did not directly address the rumors of his drug addiction, he did admit to “dark times” in a rant directed toward his father.
For those unable to see, here is the message transcribed…
Won’t continue 2 speak on this but I have got 2 let this out real quick. I have let this man and many others get away with a lot of shit. He wasn’t there 2 raise me. He was absent ALL of my life due to his own demons. My mother and grandmother raised me. Queens raised me. For the first time since they left, came a blessing of a FAMILY that I married into. FAMILY. That man wasn’t even invited to my wedding. He has never met my mother in law and some of my other family. How can a man who has NOT once called me to check on my well being have the nerve to talk so recklessly about his own “son”. He is my downfall! His own demons may be the ONLY thing he gave 2 me. He disrespecting the ONLY FAMILY that has loved me without expecting anything in return. They are the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time. Only person 2 blame is myself. Say what you want about me but leave the ones who have done nothing but protect and love me out of this! This goes to out to everyone!
Odom has always been an emotionally driven, and sometimes fragile, player and person. Since demanding a trade in 2010 prior to the start of the lock-out shortened season, Odom has never truly regained the form that won him his Sixth Man of the Year award. After his failed stint with the Mavericks, Odom joined the Clippers last year but was a shell of his former self. This summer, Odom reportedly relapsed on a bad drug problem, going missing for multiple days and being arrested on suspicion of D.U.I.
Lakers fans here and across the world certainly wish the best for Odom.