Lamar Odom says fan gifted him back NBA Championship rings he was forced to pawn
Lamar Odom famously suffered a near-fatal drug overdose in 2015, after which he was forced to sell his belongings to cover medical costs.
In a new interview, Odom has revealed the lengths he went to to keep on top of medical bills in the wake of the overdose - admitting he was even forced to sell two NBA championship rings in 2016.
Incredibly, Odom - who was speaking on his new podcast, On the LO - revealed the fan who bought the rings later offered to return them for free.
In 2020, Odom, 42, sold both rings at auction for $36,600 and $78,000 respectively.
But when attending a Lakers game against the Clippers last month, the fan approached Odom and offered to return the rings for free.
Odom explained: “I saw this guy who used to sit by us [at games]. Let's call him France for right now, my man France.
“So, he says 'you're Lamar, you know um...I bought your rings’. I was like, 'oh s**t!’ because at this point I'm still embarrassed.
“You know, at the time, I was really embarrassed because people thought I was put in a coma by using cocaine.”
Odom went on: “What was really crazy was that I was really mad that night because I didn't even have any cocaine to do.
“So, he was like, 'yeah, I have your rings, just come pick them up’. I pulled up on him and he gave me my s**t back...for nothing.”
Odom announced his retirement from basketball in 2014, not long after his then-wife, Khloe Kardashian, filed for divorce.
Odom directly addressed the overdose in his book, writing: “I decided to spend the weekend of Oct. 10, 2015, at the Love Ranch, a brothel in Las Vegas.
“The number of days that blended into nights that I’ve spent with a beautiful woman and a mound of drugs… My getaway weekend would be no different.”
He continued: “On Tuesday morning, I lay on the floor in my room at the Ranch, dying.
“My body was convulsing. The women who kept me company screamed and called 911. I was taken to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
“There was an unholy concoction of cocaine, cognac and cannabis coursing through my veins. My heart stopped twice. I had twelve seizures and six strokes.
“My lungs collapsed and my kidneys ruptured. I was on life support. Everyone I’d ever loved was looking at me through bleary eyes.”
Featured Image Credit: On The LO podcast
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