Lamar Odom Claps Back At Petty “Crack Head” Jokes

Published On June 25, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

Sports commentator Stephen A. Smith isn’t one to usually backpedal on the things that he says when speaking his mind or giving an explosive opinion.

However, on Saturday the ESPN sports talker made it a point to clarify his comments that were made during a particularly nasty rant pinned against Knicks president Phil Jackson, where Smith explained, while laughing, that former Lakers player Lamar Odom “was on crack”

“His very first move as the executive was to sign Lamar Odom… who was on crack!” Smith said, repeating the line several times to his somewhat bewildered co-host Max Kellerman.

Following the rant, Odom’s lawyer sent a letter to ESPN slamming Smith’s decision to mock the player’s struggles with substance abuse and addiction.

“To say that his conduct was outrageous and unacceptable does not scratch the surface,” Zangeneh wrote. “We hope those at ESPN will actively voice their disdain for Mr. Smith’s inappropriate statement and take the proper action to support those that are fighting this disease.”

In addition to requesting that the network deal with Smith and his reckless comments, Odom’s lawyer also made sure to point out the importance of viewing addiction as a disease, rather than a character flaw that should be mocked or made fun of.

“Mr. Smith chose to shout out the fact that Lamar was sick, and to use his disease as the butt of a joke,” Zangeneh wrote. “Think about the others that are battling addiction. Those that have not had the strength or opportunity to share their struggle like Lamar.”

In a statement released by ESPN, Smith didn’t exactly apologize, however, he did make an attempt to clarify that his comments were directed toward Jackson.

Because of my personal affection for Lamar Odom — and only for that reason — I want to return to my comments about something I’ve repeated quite often over the last few days: the flagrant ineptitude that I feel has been on continual display by Knick’s President Phil Jackson.

My comments were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom’s much publicized drug use and addiction. He was not the target of my ire.

The sole focus of my comments were directed at the unmitigated disaster that Phil Jackson has created since he’s arrived in New York. It my opinion, he simply couldn’t leave soon enough.

Lamar Odom is simply one of the nicest athletes any of us have encountered, and has always been a gentlemen to everyone in NBA circles — including me — which is something I’ve repeated throughout the years.

That’s why it’s worth repeating: Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson. Anyone who loves the NY Knicks, who’ve witnessed what has been transpiring over the last three years, know exactly who I was directing my comments to.

And Why!

 

Odom’s addiction struggles were extremely public and almost cost him his life back in 2014, so it’s still a very sensitive subject matter that should be handled with care.

What are your thoughts on this news and what was said during Smith’s commentary? Comment below and tell us what you’re thinking.

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