Lamar Odom canceled an appearance on the Facebook Live series “Addiction Talk” on Wednesday just before he was scheduled to go on. According to his team, the former NBA star was struggling with dehydration and exhaustion before the show and was unable to join the interview.
The show, which is sponsored by the American Addiction Centers, was scheduled for Wednesday night but it was canceled at the last minute following the news of Lamar’s health. The host of “Addiction Talk”, Joy Sutton, made the announcement to the live audience.
“Just minutes ago we received information from his team, the agency that works with him, that let us know that he won’t be able to join us tonight due to some health concerns,” Joy explained on the stream. “We’ve been told that he’s dealing with dehydration and exhaustion, and I can tell you that he did want to be here tonight.”
Joy Sutton said that Lamar Odom was supposed to discuss his battle with addiction while on the show, which she deemed a very special episode of “Addiction Talk.” Joy said that he was set to “share his very powerful story” and that “we’ve watched his NBA career and have also watched his very public battle with addiction.”
The host continued, saying that Lamar Odom has “a story to share and a powerful one at that.” Unfortunately, that story was not shared in detail during Wednesday night’s episode of the show, however, Joy Sutton promised that Lamar’s story would be the topic of the next episode. The host did not confirm when the next “Addiction Talk” would go live, though she did say it would be within the next couple of days.
“Our prayers here at the American Addiction Center go out to Lamar Odom,” Joy Sutton said during her announcement. “We are asking that you keep him in your thoughts and your prayers tonight.”
Attached to the short video announcement is a caption from the American Addiction Centers. “Join us for our next episode of ‘Addiction Talk’ featuring two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom, formerly with the Los Angeles Lakers,” the caption read.
It continued, saying that “we’ll talk about his public battle with addiction and his new documentary, “Reborn.” Lamar will share more about his personal healing journey and some of the most challenging and painful times in his life.”
Lamar Odom’s management team posted on the NBA player’s Instagram account on Wednesday night, explaining the situation to his fans. “Due to exhaustion and dehydration from working out and basketball camps, Lamar will not be appearing tonight on his live with American Addiction Centers.”
The post asked Lamar’s fans to “lift him to the light and hold him there as he rests and heals.” It was stated that Lamar’s exhausting exercise program was the reason for his absence from the show. Fans are concerned that the health problems are a side-effect of a potential slip-up with his sobriety, though it’s not clear if that’s the case.
“He did it before, he’ll do it again,” one fan wrote underneath Lamar Odom’s Instagram post. Another wrote that they are “keeping you lifted Man, you got his.”
The 41-year-old former NBA player has been open about his struggle with addiction for years. He has been a public figure on the subject and was open about his treatment for addiction in the past. That honesty has been a particularly inspirational aspect of Lamar’s character, according to his doctor Steven L. Mandel.
“To have a prominent person call people’s attention to this, it’s a thrill,” Mandel explained to Page Six. “It’s amazing. So I’m very grateful and thousands of people will benefit from his honesty and his candor.”
In an Instagram post from Tuesday, Lamar Odom wrote that “I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull yourself out of a dark place mentally. So if you’ve done that today or any day, I’m proud of you!” The inspirational words were captioned with a quote from Emery Lord.
“My dark days made me stronger, or maybe I was already strong, and they made me prove it!” Lamar wrote beside his post. Many fans pointed out the strength it must have taken to write the post, and send their support for the former NBA player.