Lamar Odom Hits Back at ESPN Host Stephen A. Smith

Lamar Odom snapped after ESPN host Stephen A. Smith joked about him doing crack when he was signed to the New York Knicks in 2014.

The former NBA star shared a letter written by his lawyer to ESPN on Friday, June 23, pointing out that dependence is no laughing matter.

Smith went on a outburst on First Take on Thursday, June 22, slamming Knicks’ president Phil Jackson, and Khloé Kardashian’s ex in the process.

“His very first move as executive was to sign Lamar Odom — who was on crack!” Smith yelled. “I love Lamar Odom the person, and God bless him and we’re wishing nothing but the best. But, metaphorically speaking, his first move as the executive of the New York Knicks was to sign Lamar Odom, who was on crack!”

Odom’s layer, Saam Zangeneh, sent a letter to ESPN in response to the observations, which the former reality TV star shared on Twitter on Friday, along with the hashtags #slander and #ihopewearebetterthanthis.

“Let’s put aside the fact that Lamar passed all the required physicals and medical tests necessary to play in the league,” the attorney wrote. “Let us look at what this statement does, not only to Lamar, but to any and all professional athletes that are struggling with addiction.”

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

Pointing out the the National Institute of Drug Abuse defines habit as a chronic brain sickness, Zangeneh continued, “Mr. Smith chose to jokingly disparage Lamar for having a disease. Mr. Smith chose to shout out the fact that Lamar was sick, and to use his disease as the butt of a joke. To say that his conduct was outrageous and unacceptable does not scratch the surface. Think about the others that are battling addiction. Those that have not had the strength or opportunity to share their struggle like Lamar. Imagine the effect this grotesque statement would have on any young athlete who is privately fighting this disease. To become the punch line of a vulgar joke.”

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