Lamar Odom’s problems may be just beginning.
Odom will be required to submit to a mandatory evaluation by the director of the NBA’s anti-drug program if the veteran free agent receive a conviction for driving under the influence, according to terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Police arrested him Friday morning on the suspicion of driving under the influence after California Highway Patrol officers saw him moving erratically on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks. CHP spokesman Officer Leland Tang said the 33-year-old Odom was driving well under the speed limit at just 50 mph in a 65 mph zone before he was pulled over at 3:25 a.m. Odom also will have a suspended license after failing several field sobriety tests and refusing to take a blood test or breathalyzer. Odom is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 27.
Odom’s arrest coincided with a week-long flurry of reports on his apparent addiction to crack cocaine. Under the NBA’s labor deal, Odom could receive treatment for drug addiction if he voluntarily admits using should he receive an invitation to play for an NBA team during training camp. The NBA immediately disqualifies any player that tests positive for any drugs except for marijuana. In 2001, Odom admitted as a Clipper using marijuana after the NBA suspended him for violating its anti-drug program twice in eight months.
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