It seems like everyone has an opinion about Lamar Odom's current condition and the company he's been keeping by his bedside. Master P was one of the first to add his two cents, calling Kobe Bryant and the Kardashians "phonies" for rushing to Lamar's side in the hospital.
Odom was rushed to the hospital after he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. While he has since waken from his coma, he's had a number of visitors from his former Kardashian family to former teammates, including Bryant. Bryant promptly rushed to the hospital upon Odom's arrival, and although it was deemed as a nice gesture by the masses, Master P had his own opinion. During an interview with TMZ, Master P criticized Bryant for only rushing to Lamar's bedside for "show," saying that if he truly cared about him, he would've got him back on the Lakers team. He also accused Bryant and others like him of only coming around when things happen, instead of being a true friend.
Kobe didn't let Master P get the last word, however. The NBA star fired back on Twitter, saying "When we feel the need to question the support of others in moments as critical as a life hanging in the balance, then we must question the kind of culture we have created that has led us to such insensitive suspicion."
But Kobe's reply triggered more commentary from Master P. After getting backlash from across the Internet, Master P circled back to his previous comments, stating that he has nothing against Bryant or the Lakers team, and that he was just calling it like it is. He also mentions his own experiences with Lamar and why he distanced himself. To put the newly-roasted beef to rest, Master P even suggests that he is willing to meet with Bryant face to face.
Not sure if a Master P-Kobe Bryant meet-up will ever happen, but in the mean time, both have continued to express their best wishes for Lamar Odom's healthy recovery. Read Master P's full statement on the subject below:
"If you’re real with someone, you keep it real through the good and bad times. I understand first hand from dealing with my own brother that was living recklessly, I had to show him tough love but I’d never cut him off because we’re blood. I’m not pointing the finger at anyone, Lamar’s unfortunate situation is a result of his own decisions and actions. I can relate to D.L. Hugley’s statement on dealing with family members with addictions, it’s draining. I’m not a phony, I can admit that I stopped dealing with Lamar years ago for those same reasons.
Even though I’ve known Lamar for over 15 years, it wasn’t like we were the best of friends. I tried to mentor him and give him advice but he is a grown man and made his own decisions. You can’t help anyone that don’t want any help and I get that, that ‘s life. So that’s why I stopped dealing with Lamar, it’s not like we’re blood related where I would have to put up with his reckless behavior. I’m sure Lamar has many people in his life such as family members, friends, colleagues, teammates, significant others who have stopped dealing with him but I’m just not afraid to openly admit it, due to his unfortunate medical situation.
I can also admit that me and my family are far from perfect, we have situations we’re dealing with. My prayers are going out to Lamar and his family. I pray that he comes out of this, he may have a rocky past but overall he’s a good brother. And the only reason I’m not running to the hospital to visit him, I’m not looking for publicity, I don’t need it. Only when I was asked, I stated my opinion on what I knew about this man from the times I was around him. Lamar complained about how everybody turned their backs on him, even his nba buddies.
But then people blew my opinion out of proportion. I understand that Kobe is one of the greatest basketball players in the world and people are going to side with him. I have nothing against Kobe or the Lakers. I have nothing to hide and I’m willing to speak face to face with anybody, with Kobe or Kardashians about the conversations that Lamar and I have had concerning him trying to get his life back together and getting back into the league. I’m not about entertaining no mess and I’m only speaking on this because I knew this brother. I hope that if ever I was in a similar situation where I couldn’t speak for myself, that somebody would keep it 100 for me. The truth hurts, even in Hollywood.
My condolences to the people that really love him. And I am not trying to question the support of others that are truly grieving, this is a critical, life and death situation. This is only my opinion, it’s just sad that last month no one had anything positive to say about Lamar.. and that’s what I meant by being phony."