Lamar Odom’s Drug Abuse History Revealed: NBA Suspension in 2001

As Khloe and Lamar face the reality of Lamar's drug abuse, his past habits come back to haunt him.

As Khloe and Lamar face the reality of Lamar's drug abuse, his past habits come back to haunt him.

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While Khloé Kardashian and her family’s krew is coming to terms with husband Lamar Odom’s drug addiction, the reality TV couple must face another reality about L.O.’s behavior—that this isn’t his first encounter with drug abuse!

Earlier in his career, the NBA forward was suspended twice within for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

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Lamar’s initial suspension came in March 2001; he was suspended for five games after he tested positive for marijuana and failed to cooperate with the league’s treatment program.

“This will definitely not happen again,” he said at the time. However, it did happen again—eight months later, when Lamar received his second violation in November 2001.

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At the time Lamar admitted to using marijuana; now, however, he is reportedly using drugs that face harsher consequences—both on and off the court—even though Lamar said in 2001 that he did not see his drug problem escalating.

“I hope everyone doesn’t pass judgment on my mistake,” he said after his first suspension. “I’ve made a couple and I may make a couple again, but hopefully they won’t be as big as this one.”

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