Lamar Odom’s name hasn’t made headlines for the right reasons in several years. His latest appearance is, well, interesting.
In an excerpt from his new memoir, "Darkness to Light," Odom admitted to being a sex addict and having sex with more than 2,000 women.
“There were too many strippers to count,” Odom wrote in the excerpt sent to People magazine. “It wasn’t a big deal, but often I would pay them. I never thought less of them.”
In a 2017 article Odom wrote for The Players’ Tribune, he detailed his addiction to cocaine. And now, ahead of his book release set for May 28, Odom told People sex made his drug addiction worse.
“Sex was a trigger for me to do drugs,” he said. “Because you double up on [that] good feeling.”
Odom’s stretch of confessions over recent years was sparked by a near-fatal night at a Nevada brothel in 2015 when he was found unconscious after suffering several strokes and kidney failure. He fell into a coma for four days. Investigators later found Odom had ingested cocaine and other substances.
Since that night, Odom, 39, has been through the final stages of a divorce from reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, removed from a flight for being visibly intoxicated, gone to rehab, declared his sobriety, collapsed in a nightclub and played international basketball in Dubai.
Odom had his demons off the court before that night in Nevada in 2015. He was suspended in 2001 following his second violation of the NBA’s drug policy. Odom was charged with DUI in 2013 and accepted a sentence of three years’ probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment.
Odom doubled down on his sobriety in his book, but added he still lives with addiction.
“I’m still an addict. I still struggle," he wrote. "[But] I will not go into the darkness. Ever again.”
Odom played 14 seasons in the NBA, all but two seasons in Los Angeles. Odom spent his first four seasons with the Clippers, who selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.
After spending one season with the Heat, Odom returned to LA to join the Lakers and spent the next seven seasons there. He won two championships with the Lakers and was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.