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How Lamar Odom Cheated the Olympics

The NBA champion found a way around the drug test
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2019 9:32 AM CDT
In this March 30, 2016, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers' player Lamar Odom watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Lakers and the Miami Heat in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

(Newser) – Lamar Odom admits he beat an Olympic drug test by using something huge, rubber, and black. In his new memoir Darkness to Light, the NBA champ says it was "one of the biggest honors in my career" to be offered a place on the US Men's Olympic basketball team in 2004, but there was a problem—he'd been smoking up big-time that summer, People reports. So before the drug tester came to his Los Angeles home, Odom went online. "We started googling 'fake penises' and studied different ways to beat a drug test," he writes. "After an exhaustive search we ordered a giant, rubber, black c— to arrive the next day."

Odom had his drug-free trainer pee into the new purchase right before the test, and when Odom used it in his bathroom, an NBA security official stood two feet away. Odom "was paranoid it wouldn't work," he admits, but the official "stuck a thermometer in the cup to gauge the temperature … [and] satisfied that the pee was mine, said 'Welcome to Team USA,'" writes Odom. The 39-year-old also admits to cheating many times on ex-wife Chloe Kardashian and claims he had sex with over 2,000 women, per HuffPo. Then there's his drug addiction: "I'm still an addict," he writes. "I still struggle … [But] I will not go into the darkness. Ever again." (Read more drug test stories.)

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