Lamar Odom reveals he used a fake penis to pass a 2004 Olympics drug test

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The release of Lamar Odom’s new memoir “Darkness to Light” is approaching, and with it comes one heck of an excerpt released Friday to People.

The scene: Lamar Odom realizing one of his biggest dreams with an offer to join the 2004 U.S. Olympics basketball team. The problem: A drug test was required to join the team, and Odom had been “smoking weed every day that summer.”

The solution:

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“We started googling ‘fake penises’ and studied different ways to beat a drug test,” he writes. “After an exhaustive search we ordered a giant, rubber, black c— to arrive the next day.”

And when the official tester arrived at Odom’s home to administer the test, the NBA champion was prepared, recruiting his drug-free trainer “to urinate into the reservoir of the phallus, which was hidden in the balls,” he writes.

The whole episode reportedly ended with Odom “peeing” in a bathroom two feet away from an NBA security official, who then tested the temperature of the urine. Clearly, Odom passed.

Odom would go onto average 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for a U.S. team that infamously finished a shocking third in Athens that year.

Lamar Odom resorted to extreme measures to play in the Olympics. (ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Lamar Odom resorted to extreme measures to play in the Olympics. (ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

That’s quite a story from Odom, but also another reminder of how much drug addiction had taken control of his career, even when he was thriving. Doctors reportedly called the big man a “walking miracle” due to his recovery from an overdose in a Nevada brothel that threatened his life.

The 38-year-old has since gotten his life back on track, with plans to play in the Big3 league this summer.

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