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Lamar Odom

AAU Basketball DENIES

Receiving ANY Charity Donations

4/3/2013 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lamar Odom's charity, Cathy's Kids, never donated a single dollar to the AAU basketball program ... despite L.O.'s claims ... at least that's what the president of the Amateur Athletic Union tells TMZ.

We spoke to Henry Forrest ... who tells us, "Cathy’s Kids has never donated to us. They have never, ever contributed to us. On Sunday morning it was mentioned that Cathy’s Kids has contributed to AAU Basketball teams ... that is an incorrect statement."

Forrest is responding to the "Outside the Lines" report, in which ESPN showed documents seemingly proving $1.3 million of the $2.2 raised by the charity was donated to "AAU team sponsorship."

When asked about the specific programs Cathy's Kids helps to support, Odom told the reporter, "A lot through AAU basketball in my neighborhood where I come from in South Jamaica, Queens."

But Forrest tells TMZ it's simply not true -- though he does say it's possible Odom used the money to finance an independent local team that was allowed to participate in AAU events.

“It is possible that Cathy’s Kids sponsored [an independent] team that registered to play in an AAU event. But teams like this only register to play in our events, they are not affiliated with AAU."

Forrest explains, "AAU doesn’t have anything to do with local organizations that put together independent teams.  We don’t manage those teams or deal with those local teams put together. They only register to play."

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11:15 AM PT -- A source close to Lamar has confirmed what the AAU president suspected, telling us, “Lamar had teams he funded for their expenses for AAU sanctioned events. Money did not go directly to the AAU, it went directly to the teams for their expenses.”

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16.

Joe    

once you marry into the K's, this is what happens. anyone expect less?

506 days ago
17.

Rich    

And the manager of the fund gets a big salary for doing nothing. It is sad so many funds are frauds like this one.

506 days ago
18.

nate    

AAU is a filthy organization. Absolutely filthy.

506 days ago
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Brenda    

So where did the money go now ? The AUU says it did not recieve any monies from the charity. They both need to explain where the money went. They owe it to the people who donated. If they cannot explain where it went then give it back to the people who donated it

506 days ago
20.

kuality79    

Lamar is cheating on Kloe I know as a fact we caught him before! Also why hasn't TMZ posted there story about being sued for putting microphones I side court rooms? The demise of the fallen is coming soon!

506 days ago
21.

PG    

Ut Oh! If TMZ is reporting bad things about Lamar, the divorce rumors between him and Kong must be true. Pimp Momma is on the defamation warpath.

506 days ago
22.

TJ    

CANCEL THE KARDASHIAN SHOW!! Fleecing the public- ENOUGH!

506 days ago
23.

Renny    

Espn nor Lamar said they gave to AAU. He said he sponored two elite teams. Stop spreading lies TMZ.

506 days ago
24.

palermo    

He is truly a Kardashian now. A liar and a scammer. Wouldn't his Mom be so proud of him.

506 days ago
25.

PokerStar    

They need to go over the books with a magnifying glass. Find all of the "errors" and make LO pay up for them. We all know where that money went and you aint fooling nobody, son.

506 days ago
26.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

When will Bruce's openly gay son Khloe "come out"?

506 days ago
27.

goaway    

Oh Snap! Nothing like peeling back the layers. Yeah right, sure it was donated to ACU basketball charity....so now that we have two organizations stating on record they received ZERO funds....where did not the money go?

506 days ago
28.

Natacha    

I don't believe for one minute that Kloe or Lamar would ever do anything like this, I find it repulsive that they have to deal with this kind of ignorance, they are good people with great intentions... leave them alone.

506 days ago
29.

Kelly    

Sadly Wyclef never went to jail for his Haiti scam and I doubt he will, either.

506 days ago
30.

Todd Ledford    

The Trashians are all about the scam...easy come...easy go...

506 days ago
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