Here I was thinking this was why Lamar Odom was trending!!! Stephen A killed it this morning! 'Whoooo was on CRACK!!!" #FirstTake #ESPN pic.twitter.com/praH2aqFme
— Skip Betts (@EssDotBetts) June 22, 2017
Lamar Odom was highly offended by ESPN loudmouth Stephen A. Smith’s comments about the former NBA’s stars addiction problems.
Odom’s lawyer released a statement on Friday, asking the sports network to denounce the “vulgar” and “grotesque” words that came out of Smith’s mouth on “First Take”
While trying to explain his disdain for Knicks president Phil Jackson, Smith screamed “his very first move as an executive was to sign Lamar Odom … WHO WAS ON CRACK!”
The comment was met with howls of laughter from Smith’s co-hosts.
Odom found no part of the rant funny, and tweeted out his lawyer’s letter that was sent to ESPN with the hashtag #slander.
“Let us look at what this statement does, not only to Lamar, but to any and all professional athletes that are struggling with addiction,” the letter states.
“Mr. Smith chose to jokingly disparage Lamar having a disease… to say that his conduct was outrageous and unacceptable does not scratch the surface.”
The letter also argues that Odom was actively using crack when Jackson signed him to the Knicks, pointing out that he passed s physical and other required tests needed to play in the NBA.
Odom and his camp stopped short of calling for Smith’s job, instead saying “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. We would hope that your network would use this situation as an opportunity to become more actively involved in this case.”