In a sign that suggests he may have hit rock bottom, Lamar Odom has Dennis Rodman of all people questioning his recent behavior.
Yes, the NBA Hall of Famer that sparked attention for his colorful hairdos, head-butting a referee and dressing up like a woman has raised his eyebrows at Odom for suffering reported drug addiction and marital problems with reality television star Khloe Kardashian. Odom was also arrested Friday morning for suspicion of DUI and will have a suspended license for failing several field sobriety tests.
“I just don’t understand when you have so much money that you’re that bored that you really have to go to that extreme,” Rodman said in a video interview with Huffington Post Live. “The sad thing about it is the fact that he’s not a bad guy. He used to come to my restaurants, clubs in Newport Beach a lot. He’s a good guy.”
In past years, Odom overcame personal turmoil.
His mother, Cathy Mercer, died of colon cancer when Odom was 12 years old. In 2004, Odom lost his grandmother, Mildred Mercer. Odom’s son, Jayden died at six months old in 2006 of sudden infant death syndrome. To deal with such grief, Odom often wrote the names of his diseased family members on his shoes before each game.
Odom’s life story surrounding personal tragedy and his inviting personality made him one of the most popular players in the Lakers locker room. Not anymore. Despite expressing varying degrees of interest in acquiring the unrestricted free agent, both the Lakers and Clippers no longer want to sign Odom, according to league sources familiar with the situation.
“I don’t understand why he’s hiding in a hotel,” Rodman said. “You have a great life, you’re making so much money, you have a beautiful house, a beautiful family.”
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