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Let’s face it. Crack isn’t exactly the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons of drugs. The majority of addicts try it because they’re looking for a really cheap way to get high, but now and again, people with boatloads of money go down that path too. Given how insanely addictive it can be, that’s not a huge shock. What is shocking, however, is the amount of money Lamar Odom was apparently dropping on that drug habit every single day.
According to TMZ, Odom moved into the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood with a friend following the conclusion of the Los Angeles Clippers’ season. For much of the time since, the big man has reportedly been hanging out with drug dealers and crack addicts, plowing through, on average $800 a day. How could someone possibly spend that much money on a drug that can go for a couple dollars per hit on the street? Well, one would imagine he’s a) buying premium, high end crack (which sounds like an oxymoron), b) getting charged more money than necessary by dealers and c) sharing his supply with friends who might want a taste too. Regardless, it’s the equivalent of someone shelling out money for a suite at a crappy motel when they could have gotten a nice room at a reputable establishment.
For the life of me, I can’t understand why a man would want to live with a friend inside a hotel room, as opposed to with his wife in a mansion, but considering I can’t understand why anyone would want to smoke crack on the regular either, there’s probably no point in trying to figure out what’s going through Lamar’s mind right now. All I and the rest of his fans can do is sincerely hope he gets his act together sooner rather than later.
Whether or not he’s currently making forward progress is a bit unclear, however, because there are so many conflicting reports about what the hell has happened in the past few days. At first, the entire Internet was convinced he checked into rehab. Then, the world did an aboutface and concluded he didn’t go to rehab. Now, the latest rumors claim he went to rehab for a single day before bolting.
Regardless, Pop Blend’s sincerest well-wishes go out to Lamar. Here’s to hoping we get less of this and more of this moving forward.