Lamar Odom May Be Facing Criminal Drug Charges For His Nevada Brothel Incident
Just days after reports surfaced that Lamar Odom’s recovery has hit a wall as he struggles with communication, mobility and cognition, the basketball star may soon be fighting another battle of the legal kind.
According to TMZ, Nye County District Attorney Angela Bello is in the process of deciding whether or not to prosecute the ill baller for cocaine possession and/or being under the influence of a controlled substance during his October romp at the Love Ranch South in Las Vegas. Odom, who has been hospitalized since he was found unconscious at the brothel on Oct. 13, was recommended for federal prosecution just two weeks after the Sheriff turned his blood test over to Bello’s office last month.
TMZ claims that after research, it could not find any other cases in which an individual overdosed on drugs and faced criminal prosecution following hospitalization which led the outlet to ask if Odom was being targeted because he is famous. A representative for the District Attorney denied the claim.
“He’s not being treated any differently because he’s a celebrity. He’s being treated just like any other Joe Schmo,” the rep said.
Though the debate over the pressing of charges still looms, it is unlikely that Odom, who suffered strokes and kidney failure after he overdosed at the ranch, will be fit to stand trial because the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year has distinct cognitive impairment, cannot walk and barely talks. Odom’s wife Khloe Kardashian has been vocal about the former Laker’s condition in the weeks that have followed.
Kardashian, who pulled the plug on their divorce to assist him with medical decisions, told Ellen DeGeneres this week that Odom has “such a long way to go.”
“He’s learning how to walk again and feed himself again and put sentences together,”
she said. It’s a long, long road ahead.”