"They kicked in the hotel door and came in with guns": How NBA champ Lamar Odom was reportedly kidnapped after a $10,000 gambling deal fell apart
After the incident, Odom Odom flew back to Los Angeles and then to China, where he is currently playing basketball
According to a recent news story, basketball star Lamar Odom was reportedly kidnapped and held hostage after a gambling deal went wrong. A report by Radar Online stated that Khloe Kardashian‘s troubled ex-husband spent two horrifying days with his captors while his then-girlfriend and two-year-old daughter were terrorized at gunpoint.
The frightening chain of events began in Portland, Oregon during the month of June, when Odom had gone to visit his then-girlfriend, Savanna Waldrop, and her family, the reported added.
"Lamar has massive separation anxiety so he flew to meet her in her hometown even though she told him no and she needed to have some time alone with her family," a source told Radar. Before his arrival, Odom told his girlfriend that he was in the mood to gamble a little. However, since the former Lakers athlete was pretty much broke, he had to borrow about $10,000 from some extremely shady locals.
"Savanna set up the loan and Lamar knew he had to pay it back no matter what," said the source. "The bookies had no idea someone famous like Lamar didn’t have the cash to pay them back. And you don’t mess with these guys."
However, Odom soon found out that his lies would have some pretty dangerous consequences. The source said, "Within 20 minutes the $10,000 was gone. He gambled it all — and lost!" And soon enough, the basketball star was running the risk of not only losing his own life but also his girlfriend and daughter. "Within 24 hours, the bookies were harassing them, following them to their Airbnb and hotel, and waiting for them in the parking lot," said the source. "It got so bad, they threatened Savanna and her daughter with a gun and said they'd kill her."
The same source added, "They kicked in the hotel door and came in with guns when they were all in bed." It was then that the bookies took away Odom and held him for ransom until he coughed up the money. "He had to go with them," said the source. "They kidnapped him for two days and took him to their house in Portland where he basically just hung out with them," continued the source. "Savanna tried calling him, but they wouldn’t let him pick up the phone or text."
The report further stated that the kidnappers apparently took Odom to a nightclub, with the source saying, "They weren’t going to leave him alone so he could take off from Portland. They were trying to scare him." Odom, who was desperately trying to arrange the needed amount, even made his girlfriend pawn his gold necklace for $1,000.
After spending 48 hours in captivity, the NFL player's woes came to an end when Savanna paid the men $1,500 and Odom's camp forked over $2,800 of the debt. "Lamar still owes the rest, about $5,000, not including the interest that they want. But he still hasn’t paid," added the source.
Instead of feeling sorry for his actions which put not only his own life but also his family's life in danger, Odom, later on, made light of the extremely terrifying situation. "When we survive this, we will laugh about it on a beach somewhere getting high," he told his girlfriend in a text.
And as twisted as it may sound, Odom turned the whole thing on his girlfriend and told her it was because of her that they had fallen into the entire mess. "I just saved your a**," he wrote June 9 in a text. "…if it wasn’t [sic] for me who knows what would have happen [sic] to you!!"
"I ruined my whole trip with what happened yesterday. I don’t think u [sic] realize how I stopped s**t from getting physical!!" he texted on June 10. After the incident, Odom flew back to Los Angeles and then to China, where he is currently playing basketball.
"Savanna already helped him with $80,000 of her own money, and she had none left," said the source. "She tried all she could do to help. But at the end, it’s Lamar’s responsibility to help himself."