Lamar Odom: Image Repair

Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 11: Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves the ball against the Denver Nuggets on November 11, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

When the world heard the news about Lamar Odom being in a coma, Hollywood and fans alike were shocked. In October of 2015, the Kardashian-Jenner clan was shaken up by the news, and then-wife Khloe Kardashian rushed to Odom’s side.

The world was shocked to learn that the at-one-time revered NBA star was found “foaming at the mouth” at a brothel in Crystal, Nevada. Reporters from E! stated Odom may have had a stroke and “virtually every drug imaginable was found in his system.”

Reports go on to say that Dennis Hof, owner of the Love Ranch that Odom was found unresponsive at, said that Odom had been there for around four days. Hof went on to say that “[Odom] got a call on Sunday and he was upset – he was visibly upset – but he got over it kind of quickly, and he moved on and kept having fun.”

Odom had to have assistance from a machine to help him breathe, fell into a coma and suffered organ damage and kidney failure as well as strokes. He didn’t regain consciousness for three days. Lamar-Odom

After moving to a facility that was closer to his family (primarily the Kardashian-Jenners), Lamar Odom made a slow but steady recovery. In December of 2016, Odom checked into rehab for substance abuse and addiction. He was released in mid-January of 2017.

While he continues to maintain that steady recovery, other members of the somewhat infamous family (such as Scott Disick) have been unable to shake their bad party habits for long.

My group chose Lamar Odom as our subject for this image repair research paper, because his overdose at the Love Ranch was such a well-known scandal that not only shocked the world but also saddened and worried the world. This once-healthy and athletic NBA Lakers basketball player was left a frail, feared-brain-dead, shell of a man. At the same time, this shell was able to work hard and make a near full recovery.

Virtually every news outlet was reporting on Odom’s condition at some point or another, so there should be no shortage of coverage.

His Twitter page is still active and houses primarily positive messages. His page can be found here.

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