Ex-NBA star warded after Nevada brothel stay
FORMER National Basketball Association star Lamar Odom was hospitalised on Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel, law enforcement officials said.
Odom, 35, the ex-husband of reality television personality Khloe Kardashian, suffered a "medical emergency" at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 50km north-west of Las Vegas, the Nye County Sheriff's Office said in a media release.
Odom was stabilised at the scene and was prepared to be airlifted to a Las Vegas-area hospital, but the "stature" of the basketball player made it impossible to transport him by helicopter, the release said.
Odom, whose career in the NBA included seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, stands at 2.08m tall.
The sheriff's office said an investigation was being conducted and gave no further details about Odom's condition or what caused the emergency.
Celebrity website TMZ reported that Odom had been at the brothel for days and a woman there found him unconscious in his VIP suite.
The owner of the Nevada brothel, Dennis Hof, told the Los Angeles Times the athlete had "wanted to get away from everybody, wanted to have fun."
He told the newspaper that his staff said herbal Viagra was found in Odom's room.
Odom won NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, but last played in the league in 2013.
He married Kardashian in 2009 in a splashy televised wedding, but she filed for divorce in 2013.
In August that year, Odom, the subject of a string of news stories about alleged drug use and marriage troubles, was arrested for drink driving.
He last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2012-13 season, becoming a free agent in July 2013.
In April 2014, he signed with the New York Knicks, but did not appear in their final game and was waived in July that year.
Along with his NBA titles, Odom earned Sixth Man of the Year honours as the NBA's top reserve in 2011, and won Olympic bronze with the USA at Athens in 2004.
His personal life, however, has been touched by tragedy. Estranged from his heroin-addict father at an early age, Odom was raised by his grandmother after his mother died of colon cancer when he was 12 years old.
In 2006, his six-month-old son Jayden, one of three children with his one-time girlfriend Liza Morales, died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.