Lamar Odom Says He Did Not Take Any Drugs The Night Of His Collapse

No matter what anyone says, Lamar Odom insists he was not high when he almost went down for good.

The fallen NBA player stands by his claim that he was not on drugs the night he was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel in a near-fatal 2015 incident.

"I think that was God just trying to talk to me, get me to stop doing whatever I was doing," Odom told Wendy Williams Wednesday during an appearance on her daily television show of the collapse that left him in a coma and hospitalized for nearly three months. "Because I didn't take any drugs that night."

When Williams countered with the fact that toxicology reports showed that the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian did, in fact, have cocaine in his system — as confirmed by authorities in 2016 — Odom maintained that he hadn't indulged in any drugs that fateful night.

"OK, but I didn't," he told Williams.

The Queens-bred star made the same claim in March, telling Us Weekly, "Looking back, I might have had a drink to get the mood started, but was I drunk or on drugs? No way."

Odom, who married the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star in 2009, has long struggled with drug addiction, and nearly died in October 2015 after his brothel bender left him in a coma.

The former L.A. Laker was found in the Love Ranch brothel on Oct. 13 by two prostitutes who later told authorities that Odom had used cocaine three days before his collapse, and combined alcohol and herbal Viagra during his three-day bender, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said in a press conference at the time.

The prostitutes also told authorities that they'd heard Odom snorting something in the bathroom of his suite, a claim that led investigators to obtain a search warrant to test Odom's blood.

Nye County District Attorney Angela Bello confirmed to the Daily News in January 2016 that evidence proved Odom had metabolized cocaine in his system when he collapsed, though he avoided drug charges as he was not in possession of the drugs and therefore there was no way to prove he took the drugs while he was in the county's jurisdiction.

Odom, 37, was released from the hospital three months after his collapse, and has since made an impressive recovery, despite having to re-learn how to talk and walk.

Last December, he did a five-week stint in rehab, and now says he is sober and working to rebuild his relationship with his two children. He did admit, however, that he still drinks.

Kardashian, meanwhile, is currently dating Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson. Still, Odom insists he has nothing but well wishes for his ex.

"They seem happy together, good for them," he told Williams, though he quickly shut down talk of reconciliation.

"That would be the best for both of us to keep our distance," he explained.

And despite the close-knit bond he shared with Kardashian's brother, Rob, Odom says it has "been a minute" since he last spoke to his former brother-in-law.

"We were close, (but) I haven't met his child yet," Odom admitted of Rob's baby daughter Dream. "I don't know (why). I guess maybe because I hurt his sister too much? I have no idea. I mean, if she was my sister, I'd have a problem with me, too."

Odom and Kardashian separated in 2013, but dismissed divorce papers while Odom was hospitalized so that Kardashian could handle medical decisions on his behalf. Their divorce was finalized in 2016.


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