One of Lamar Odom’s oldest friends is speaking out exclusively to In Touch magazine, blaming the Kardashians for his downward spiral and calling the family out for using Lamar’s near-fatal bender for more publicity.
Alan Barcoff, Lamar’s friend of 16 years from his days in Queens, N.Y., tells In Touch, “He was a good guy and [the Kardashians] treated him like some bum — a bum making $9 million a year in the NBA for seven years. He was good before he married a Kardashian.”
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“[Lamar] was always a very quiet guy,” Alan continues. “The Kardashians wanted him to go on their show and do this, do that. It just wasn’t him, to be honest.”
Lamar Odom and his wife, Khloé Kardashian. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“They’ll do anything for publicity. They don’t care who they hurt, who they use. I just think they’re there [with Lamar] because it’s more publicity for them and their show. They’re going to milk this for all it’s worth,” Alan adds. “It’s pathetic. [Lamar] was never one to seek the spotlight; he just liked playing basketball.”
Lamar’s first cousin Simone Greggs says “[Lamar] loved Khloé Kardashian, but I don’t think he was prepared for what went along with being married to her.”
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And Lamar’s former mistress, Jennifer Richardson, agrees that the Kardashians played a role in his demise. “The Kardashians destroyed Lamar. They treated him like hell and it almost killed him,” Jennifer says.
For more from Lamar’s family and friends, pick up the latest issue of In Touch magazine, on newsstands now!