Lamar Odom: I Didn't Overdose, Brothel Owner Tried To Kill Me

By Kelly Burch 05/30/19

“I think Dennis Hof… I don’t know what he had against me, but I didn’t do drugs that night, to be honest with you,” Odom said on The View this week.

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Former NBA star Lamar Odom said that he did not overdose on drugs back in 2015 during a trip to a legal brothel in Nevada, but that the brothel owner Dennis Hof tried to kill him. 

“I think Dennis Hof… I don’t know what he had against me, but I didn’t do drugs that night, to be honest with you,” Odom, 39, said on The View this week. “So I don’t know if he tried to poison me, or… I don’t know what he had against me. He tried to kill me.”

Odom said that his lawyer had found workers at the brothel who agreed this was the case. He said that he hasn’t pressed the issue, despite the media frenzy over his apparent near-fatal overdose.  

“He almost succeeded [in killing me], though. I didn’t [take drugs that night],” Odom said. “I’ve been at odds with my daughter [Destiny] about this. She’s like, ‘Leave it alone.’ I would like to clear my name.”

Hof died of a heart attack last year at the age of 72, so he is unable to respond to the allegations. When he was asked by TMZ what Hof’s motive might have been, Odom had no explanation. “I would like to ask him that question, too. I don’t know,” Odom said. “That’s a question I asked myself when I was waking up.”

Odom was going through a divorce with reality television star Khloe Kardashian at the time of the overdose. Kardashian paused their divorce proceedings and supported him through his recovery. 

“He OD’s during the divorce and I was his next of kin, even though it was still—the divorce was still—it was on the judge’s desk. It was like two years, or like a year or two, of us trying to get the divorce going and then this happened,” Kardashian said on the podcast Divorce Sucks With Laura Wasser earlier this month. “We paused the divorce, not for any romantic reasons but I wanted to be able to take care of him and make sure that he would be okay again.”

Odom recently wrote a book in which he seems to take more responsibility for his behavior during that period. 

“I could not handle the lethal cocktail of the spotlight, addiction, a diminishing career and infidelity,” he wrote in his memoir. “Oh, did I mention the anxiety, depression… I couldn’t keep my dick in my pants or the coke out of my nose. Drug addicts are incredibly skilled at hiding their habit.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.