Four days after TMZ first reported that NBA forward Lamar Odom was not seeking rehab after admitting to substance abuse, a new wrinkle just came up.
It appears that Odom actually did enter a rehabilitation facility -- and did not inform his wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, about it. Also, Odom stayed at the rehab center for all of one day.
Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom have been through rough patches in their marriage, but none have been so devastating as the latest revelations about Odom's drug abuse.
Either Odom was not in any condition at all for treatment, or the treatment program was so good that he felt clean and rejuvenated after just 24 hours. The former LA Lakers forward, who appeared dismayed at the Lakers trading him to Dallas, was arrested for driving under the influence in L.A., after he was caught driving too slow and in a "serpentine manner" by traffic police on a freeway. He entered the rehab facility on Wednesday and checked out Thursday afternoon with an assistant. He was seen out on the town later.
Kardashian, who has been supportive of her husband throughout the whole ordeal, has threatened to divorce Odom if he does not clean up his act. She tried to stay strong while showing cracks under pressure in a tweet posted on Sunday:
"As much as I wish I were made of steel ... I'm not. I'm pretty damn close to it though hehe."
Odom had previously tried to confront his drug demons. He started on a program near San Diego during the NBA off-season, but was able to last only three weeks before bailing out. He was also suspended for violating the NBA drug policy, and spoke candidly about his history of drug use in a 2003 interview.
It is highly doubtful if the Lakers will want to get Odom back. The LA Clippers, on the other hand, wanted to offer him another playing contract, but signed perennial All-Star and former Laker Antawn Jamison in August as an insurance policy after rumours of Odom's disappearance and drug use surfaced. While fellow players have reached out to him, they have been given the cold shoulder.
"It's unfortunate. A couple of us have reached out to him and haven't heard back," Lakers guard Jordan Farmar told ESPN.
Whatever the situation is, it is easy to see that Khloe and Lamar's fantasy world is pretty much shattered, and Lamar's fantasy-league value has plummeted.
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