NBA Drug Testing Policy & Lamar Odom Crack Addiction Rumors, Khloe K's Husband's Drug Accusations
NBA player Lamar Odom has been the subject of several stories from sources who have TMZ on speed dial, rumors have hit the website that Khloe K's husband is addicted to prescription drugs Adderall and Oxycontin and more recently a report claims he is smoking crack cocaine, all while he was playing for several different NBA teams.
Though all of these accusations are rumors from unnamed sources, many are wondering how the NBA drug testing policy could miss the addictions if the allegations are true.
Here is the way the NBA drug testing policy works, per ESPN.
All players are subject to four (4) random tests each season (from October 1 to June 30). All players are also subject to two (2) random tests each off-season (from July 1 to September 30).
All such tests are scheduled and conducted by an independent, third-party entity and are without prior notice to the player. The NBA and the NBPA are not involved in the scheduling of any tests or the selection of players for testing.
They have an interesting article critical of the league's anti-doping program titled, "The gaps in NBA drug testing" here that will give you some idea of how players are tested and what they are tested for as required by the NBA to stay eligible for games.
While many celebrity gossips seem to the think the source for TMZ's stories about Lamar's alleged addictions are directly from Kris Jenner or someone else inside the family Kardashian, Khloe has hit back at allegations her husband has a serious drug problem.
The 29-year-old reality TV star is furious about reports Lamar Odom has been battling an addiction to "hard-core recreational drugs," including OxyContin, also known as "Hillbilly Heroin", and crack cocaine, for two years and rumors he sought treatment in a San Diego rehab clinic for three weeks in August 2012.
The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star wrote on Twitter on Sunday:
"Really hard to sit here and listen to people talk s**t about my family! F**k you and shame on you! I'm too protective for this s**t!"
But sources told gossip website TMZ.com that Khloe and her family are still very worried about the Los Angeles Clippers star, 33, who allegedly vanished on Friday (23.08.13) and hasn't been seen for 72 hours.
Insiders said that the family are concerned he is hiding out somewhere while doing drugs.
Khloe was previously reported to have kicked Lamar, whom she has been married to for four years, out of their house in Los Angeles on Wednesday following a failed intervention.
A source previously said: "Lamar does not want to go to rehab because pre-season training camps are just around the corner.
"He just doesn't care about anyone or anything right now. He has had it with the Kardashians and just wants to be left alone. Everyone is very, very, worried about him."
Lamar, whose mother died when he was 10, previously revealed that his father Joe Odom was a heroin addict.
He said: "I witnessed things that a 10-year-old definitely wasn't supposed to see... It's hard for me to speak up on it and get it through to Khloe because she grew up so different."
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