As Lamar Odom remains on life support in a Nevada hospital, Master P is adding a dose of negative energy to what is already a hard situation for the former NBA player’s friends and family to deal with. P, who has been friends with Odom for 15 years and was “like a mentor” to him, claims Kobe Bryant could’ve saved the 35-year-old’s life before he went on a downward spiral.
TMZ caught up with the No Limit Records founder as he was leaving a local Ralph’s grocery chain. “It’s a sad situation,” he said. “It’s sad to see what’s going on. The truth of the matter is it’s so many fake people out here.”
Bryant reportedly rushed to Odom’s side after he was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel and ultimately hospitalized. According to P, it’s all for show because Bryant didn’t help Odom get back on the Lakers. “He could’ve got the man back on the team, that’s all he wanted.”
P added that the Kardashians are also using Odom’s medical emergency for publicity. “I’m from the streets, I keep it real,” he said.
Odom was dropped by the Lakers, picked up by the Mavericks, and dropped again, around the time that he reportedly began to relapse, and his marriage to Khloe Kardashian fell apart. Giving him another chance could’ve indeed made him happier, but there’s no way to tell if it would have prevented Odom’s current state.
It’s no secret that the native New Yorker has battled personal demons, and this year has been especially hard with the loss of two of his very close friends.
Perhaps P doesn’t understand that giving someone their job back isn’t a quick fix to wiping away depression and/ or addiction. Nor is it Bryant’s responsibility to do so, and their friendship —whether real or not — should not to be defined by what he did or didn’t do for him leading up to this seriously tragic predicament.
That said, Odom is fighting for his life, and the last thing he needs is more conflict around him. No one knows what — if anything — could’ve changed the tide here. All that his loved ones can do at this point is focus on the present moment, and hope that he recovers.
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