More than a year after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel, NBA alum Lamar Odom is opening up about the life-threatening incident, telling Travis Stork of “The Doctors” that he “was in a dark place” prior to the incident.
In an interview that Stork said took place prior to Odom entering rehab “a number of weeks ago,” the former Los Angeles Laker said, “I wasn’t in a good place mentally, especially mentally, before the incident happened.”
“My wife at the time [reality TV personality Khloé Kardashian], we were going through some things. I was in a dark place,” Odom added. “So, I guess they say everything happens for a reason. So, I guess the reason is I’m here and I can tell the story.”
Odom added that he wasn’t aware that he had been in a coma until Kardashian informed him.
“I could even speak at the time. I couldn’t talk,” Odom said. “Nothing would come out when I would open my mouth. So, I was scared.”
Odom made headlines last year when he was found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada on Oct. 13, after checking in for what was intended to be a five-day, $75,000 binge with two working girls.
Although brothel employees initially said that Odom had admitted to taking cocaine before arriving at the cathouse and had taken up to 10 herbal sexual enhancers, a subsequent investigation indicated that the ex-Laker, who’s struggled with substance abuse in the past, may have taken cocaine while at the Love Ranch.
In July, Odom reportedly relapsed. According to TMZ, the former basketball player boarded a plane in Los Angeles, but was so intoxicated that he vomited in the galley and the plane’s bathroom before takeoff and had to be escorted off the flight.