Joe Odom, 62, father of former NBA player Lamar Odom, made his recent return to Brooklyn after being ejected from his Los Angeles home when E! reality television star Khloé Kardashian ceased paying his rent. Kardashian famously rallied around her estranged husband and even put the breaks on her divorce to Lamar after he was found unresponsive by Love Ranch brothel workers in Nevada. According to Page Six, Joe is claiming Kardashian failed to notify him of the impending change, and instead had him informed by persons who handle Lamar’s financial affairs.
The publication explains Lamar had paid Joe and his wife’s $4,000 rent for the past 10 years when Kardashian kicked the pair to the curb in November 2015 following Lamar’s hospitalization for a drug overdose. In the article, Joe says Kardashian “disrespected him” by kicking him out of his home during Lamar’s hospitalization and further claims she failed to pay his phone bill after taking over Lamar’s finances after the raucous drug and sex binge took Lamar to the brink of death last October.
According to Joe’s statements in Page Six, Kardashian smothered Lamar and made attempts to curb the communication between the father and son. During his separation from Lamar, Joe said, “I just wish I could be at his side in LA to support him, but Khloé doesn’t want me there.” He further lamented that Kardashian would answer when he attempted to contact his son by phone and text message. He added, “I can’t always get through to him anymore.”
Joe, an army vet who is reportedly grappling with PTSD and pneumonia, says he is barely making ends meet and that, “She [Kardashian] may be Lamar’s wife, but I’m his father. She shouldn’t have cut me out of his life like she has.”
Now that Lamar was recently spotted drinking with friends in Los Angeles, Joe has expressed concerned for the former Lakers star saying, “Drinking is a slippery slope to all kinds of vices, and I want Lamar to stay away from it. It won’t help his recovery. I’m praying he makes it, of course.”
Lamar, who suffered severe kidney damage from his weekend Love Ranch bender, is now attending rehab at Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Medical Center daily, reports Page Six.
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