Just as I’d weaned myself off the made-for-TV fake marriage of Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian, I heard something that had me tapping my mainline again.
(Did Odom propose to this woman weeks before marrying Khloe?)
If you’ve driven around Los Angeles the past few years, you’ve probably seen billboards for the “Petros and Money Show“, a popular sports radio show on KLAC-AM and syndicated nationally on Fox Sports Radio. Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith have also filled in many times on Jim Rome’s national radio show and appeared on Rome’s ESPN-TV Show Rome Is Burning.
Smith is also a former Lakers radio host. Over the past four years, he hosted all of the Lakers pregame and postgame shows, did some play-by-play of the games and occasionally traveled with the team.
Needless to say, he’s been very close to the Lakers organization during that time, so I take very seriously the bombshell Smith dropped on his radio show yesterday about Lamar Odom.
Smith, Papadakis, Steve Hartman and Vic Jacobs were all jawing about Odom’s sham marriage with Khloe Kardashian when Smith said this:
“You want to know how in love Lamar is? Word is Lamar was madly in love with another young lady no less than one week before he met Khloe and asked that young lady to marry him and she said, ‘whoa, slow down.’
“This was another celebrity that sees herself grace the pages of TMZ. So you wonder … maybe Lamar had alternate plans and alternate intentions of making himself more of a celebrity than just a dude that plays basketball for the Lakers. …
” … One week after he asked another young lady to marry him, he meets Khloe and three weeks later, he asks her to marry him.
” … We’re going to get this story, we’re going to further this story. We’ve planted the seeds on this story and I would say that some time by this time next week, we are going to watch it grow. Watch it bloom.
With Smith having worked in close proximity to the Lakers organization for years, and his comments about Odom being broadcast on the Lakers former longtime flagship radio station (KLAC-AM) and nationally over Fox Sports Radio, there’s definitely some credibility behind those statements.
I emailed Smith directly on Friday to ask him about his on-air statements about Odom, and he replied with “no comment.” So we’ve no idea if/when he’ll reveal anything more specific.
There’s no way to know whom Smith was referring to, but a quick Google search did turn up one public relationship between Odom and a “celebrity that sees herself grace the pages of TMZ.”:
The woman with Odom in the photo is Oscar-nominated actress Taraji Henson (dayum!). The shot was taken seven months ago at the Golden Globes. And yes, Henson has appeared more than once on TMZ.com before, and her relationship with Odom was mentioned in the gossip Star Magazine.
But for all we know, Henson isn’t the woman Smith is talking about. Really, whomever Odom proposed to weeks before he married Kardashian is immaterial. All that matters to him is his insatiable affinity for empty celebrity. (See subsequent 99-cent store nuptials.)
And knowing what we know, how ridiculous does Odom supposedly going to Portland or Miami sound now?