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Lamar Odom Reportedly Broke Into 2 Photographers' Cars, Trashed Equipment

Contrary to what Dallas Mavericks fans might tell you, Lamar Odom is typically a very sweet guy. If anything, NBA general mangers and scouts have always wondered whether his jolly attitude kept him from becoming one of the best players in the league. From eating too much candy to drinking coffee before practice, Odom has always been almost child-like in his goofy behavior, but unfortunately, none of that good humor was on display yesterday when he went nuts on two photographers in Hollywood.

According to TMZ, it’s unclear exactly why Odom got so furious with the paparazzi, but once the Kraken was unleashed, it got really scary in a hurry. He reportedly entered one man’s car, grabbed all of his camera equipment and threw it into the middle of a busy street. Later, he reportedly smashed a second photographer’s window with a metal bar, grabbed that dude’s equipment and tossed it into the back of his own car before speeding away.

The entire messy ordeal happened in full view of numerous cameras, pedestrians and tourists. Almost immediately, one of the men filed a police report accusing Odom of vandalism, but at this point, authorities are still investigating and haven’t made any arrests. Considering how public the dust-up was and how much camera equipment costs, however, it seems likely Odom will eventually be forced to confront what happened, either in the court system or with his wallet.

So, what the hell could possibly get Lamar so worked up? Well, several outlets including Radar Online are reporting the forward was recently thrown out of his house by wife Khloe Kardashian for allegedly cheating on her. At this point, those whispers are unsubstantiated; however, their existence means Odom’s fuse was probably a little short with media types prior to the altercation. If they’re true and he was actually kicked out of the house, that’s probably an even better explanation for why he would fly off the handle.

I think I speak for everyone when I say I like this Odom a whole lot less than the happy one who giggles his way through life. Anger isn’t a good color on anyone, and it’s particularly upsetting on those who are supposed to be the nice guys. Luckily, one action doesn’t define a man (at least not usually), and there will be plenty of time for Lamar to redeem himself in the eyes of the general public.

We’ll keep you updated on this case as it winds its way through the court system. For Odom’s sake, I hope he takes a few steps back and decides to release an apology and buy these men new camera equipment. He has the money and fighting it out in court seems like an incredible waste of time, even if they were invading his privacy or being d-bags.

Mack Rawden
Mack Rawden

Enthusiastic about Clue, case-of-the-week mysteries, the NBA and cookies at Disney World. Less enthusiastic about the pricing structure of cable, loud noises and Tuesdays.