Lamar Odom has been like a ghost. It’s rare the former NBA star is spotted in public and his social media pages were pretty much non-existent. But now, the former Lakers player is stepping back into the spotlight with a brand new Instagram page.
The former Lakers player has ditched his former user name @lamarjose and is starting fresh with @lamarodom. Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband’s first post was just two days ago and it was an epic throwback photo of him during his time with the Lakers.
And although the former reality star has only shared four photos, they have all been incredibly entertaining. Just like most social media users, Odom has already shared a snapshot of food … chicken and rice was the meal and it was already half eaten. But we’ll take it.
Mmmmm A photo posted by Lamar Odom (@lamarodom) on
After just two days of posting photos, the 35-year-old has garnered a cool 88.6k followers. So far, the New York native is following five people, including former teammates Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant and New Orleans Pelican guard Quincy Pondexter.
Odom made headlines earlier this summer after losing his best friend Jamie Sangouthai. Jamie, who appeared several times on Lamar and Khloe’s reality show, Khloe & Lamar, died in June of necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh eating skin disease and chronic intravenous narcotism, constant drug use by use of needles.
Lamar has been off the radar, but in a new episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe can be seen checking on Odom to make sure he is ok. “Lamar and I loved each other deeply and I don’t believe in just acting like that relationship never existed,” Kardashian said in the episode. “Things happened but that doesn’t just stop me from caring about him or loving him. So if I feel the need to check on Lamar, that’s my prerogative and I’m going to do it.”
Khloe filed for divorce from Odom in December 2013.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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