Lamar Odom Blasts TMZ Over Biased And Excessive Media Coverage In Last Interview
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Lamar Odom‘s spiraling decline was readily captured by the paparazzi, reality television and TMZ‘s forever-rolling cameras.
Two months ago, in Lamar Odom’s last interview with TMZ, he unloaded a blistering tirade against the television tabloid taking a stand against the media company for what he described as “beating him down.”
The rabid following of Keeping Up With The Kardashians brought the media frenzy into his life, but even after he was no longer on the show, it was the tabloid culture that his ex/estranged wife is at the center of that became his tormentor.
‘‘It’s hard for me to keep my composure,’’ he said. ‘‘To everybody that I know and supports me: I’m sorry, but the dog has to fight back. That’s it. Y’all won. Y’all beat me down, degraded me, said . . . I’m a womanizer, a f–ing drug addict, everything. I probably couldn’t even get f–ing hired by Home Depot right now because of how people look at me.’’
‘‘I don’t believe it what y’all do,’’ he told a cameraman. ‘‘I don’t believe in following people around. I don’t Twitter. I don’t Instagram. It just came with it.’’
Personally, I always felt that Lamar Odom’s marriage to Khloe Kardashian was a farce, but in his own words, his love for Khloe was genuine.
‘‘Me and that girl fell in love,’’ he said. ‘‘You know what I’m saying? That’s our business. . . . Do not disrespect my space. Do not disrespect my character. Because that’s what y’all been doing and from day one.’’
Odom’s resentment, for what he seen as biased and excessive coverage of his life, was made crystal clear and the aftermath for him cost him his career.
‘‘Y’all have discredited me, beat me down, took my confidence,’’ he said. The result? Nobody would pay him to play: ‘‘Can’t nobody bounce a ball better than me, and nobody wanna f- with me,’’ he said.
Odom “went in” on TMZ‘s coverage of Black men in general and blasted them for stirring up trouble and strife:
“I know what your company is about, and I know what they doing to brothers. I know whatcha y’all doing to the rappers. I know you want them beefing. I know you want them arguing. Y’all don’t do Leo [DiCaprio] like that. You don’t do Brad [Pitt] like that. Y’all don’t do them like that.”
It was a very emotional and truthful moment for the former NBA star, who appeared to be just trying to get his life back in order and claim power over one of the things that affected his life – the camera lens.
Lamar was also training to make a return to the NBA. Addiction, infidelity and divorce showed the world that he was not invincible, but he was letting the world know that he was HUMAN .. and we all should be able to understand that.
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