Multiple sources are reporting that former NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in a Las Vegas area brothel Tuesday and rushed to the hospital after a weekend of “having a good time.”
Details are still trickling in but it has been reported (first by TMZ, then confirmed by Claudia Koerner and Adolfo Flores of BuzzFeed) that after showing up at the well-known Love Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, on Saturday, Lamar stayed in the attached home of owner Dennis Hof and was said to be in a “somber mood” on Sunday, and in overall good spirits, just wanting to “get away from everybody, wanted have a good time,” in Hof’s words. Employees said they saw him Tuesday morning around 6a.m., but later that afternoon two women discovered him passed out in a room.
Initial reports of Lamar Odom having to be airlifted to the hospital were incorrect, as corrected by the the Nye County Sheriff’s Department, stating that at 6’10”, he was simply too tall and had to be taken to the hospital in Las Vegas by ambulance.
According to workers, the 35-year-old ex-Laker and Clipper player, who had checked into rehab for drug and alcohol abuse back in September 2013—three months before wife Khloé Kardashian filed for divorce, did order a bottle of cognac but had only drank two-thirds of it. However, Mr. Hof went on to say that when he was turned on his side, “terrible stuff came out” of his nose or mouth. The TMZ report is a bit more sensational, indicating that he is “fighting for his life,” but not as yet confirmed. Hof is quoted saying, “I was told he was not looking good. It looks like he might have taken too much herbal Viagra.” Apparently, his statement was meant to be serious because his employees said that Lamar appeared to be taking it in excess. No illegal substances are reportedly involved.
An employee of Lamar Odom’s management company showed up at the Love Ranch to collect his backpack and cell phone. No statement from Khloé Kardashian has been released at this time.