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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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61.

Keith    

If Lamar knows the money went to two "elite" teams, he can certainly name them and clear this up.
Or not.

568 days ago
62.

janet    

Kim Kardashian has been red flagged from the IRS. They caught her 3 different times flying to Australia claiming on her passport she was there on vacation/pleasure when if fact she was there on business.


Kardashian was simply trying to avoid paying taxes on the money she made in Australia. Scams, cons and pure greed. Nothings changed.

568 days ago
63.

Truth    

K, TIME FOR SOME FORENSIC ACCOUNTING... BREAK OPEN THE BOOKS! POINT BLANK!! DOUCHE BAG IS ANOTHER WYCLEF JEAN 2.0. #TRUTH!!

568 days ago
64.

heather    

Lamar & Klohe explanation makes no sense,
if a person donated money for the pure reason of thinking some of it will go to cancer (it’s something that dear to their heart in some way) and in fact that’s is NOT where the money goes, not even 1% of it –that is misleading and can be called a scam Because if it was known that ALL of the money will go to `basketball teams` i am sure many of the people that donated wouldn’t have.

568 days ago
65.

lakerzrtheteam    

I'm sorry......I believe in Lamar and I believe in Khloe. I just do NOT believe a thing that Kris Jenner has to say. If she has anything to do with this, then it probably is a scam. If Lamar did it on his own, then I believe him. His worst mistake was getting anywhere near Kris Jenner EVER......nothing wrong with Khloe but Kris even ruined all his basketball stuff and that, is a darn shame. Wake up and smell the coffee, Khloe, about your Mom. She might push you to make enuff money to get another Birkin bag but is it seriously worth it? If it all goes up in smoke, blame Mom.

568 days ago
66.

Dave    


“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

― C.S. Lewis

568 days ago
67.

TJ    

The flim-flam KARDASHIANS- and their UNDESERVED wealth. Wake up RYAN SEACREST! Or is Seacrest just as shady??

568 days ago
68.

Truth    

DOES THE IDIOT MR. KAR-CRASH-IAN EVEN KNOW YOU HAVE TO FILE A 501 (C) 3 WITH THE IRS TO BE A LEGIT CHARITY AND HAVE EXEMPT TAX STATUS?? UMMM, UHHH... OOPS! YEA, LET'S START THERE. DOUCHE BAGS ALL OF THEM FAKE ASSES. POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

568 days ago
69.

notalawyer    

"The Plot Sickens"
Maybe the IRS should examine the KK Klan and their associates for ANY inconsistencies …
They should have nothing to hide if they are honest, law abiding citizens…

568 days ago
70.

theroyalgs    

I TOLD YOU YESTERDAY TMZ...COMMENT #24 YESTERDAY.........NOT 1 PENNY HAS BEEN GIVEN ACCORDING TO NEWSPEOPLE NOT FILTERING THE KARDASHIAN STORIES

568 days ago
71.

Vivian    

For the FIRST TIME IN HISTORY I think this is a real story about the Kardashians. Not a planted story spinned for publicity. This will end badly.

568 days ago
72.

Bo    

@ nobody.puts.bieber.in.a.corner... as the parent of a special needs child, your BS comment is crossing the line. There is a special place in hell for douchebags like you.. use of the "R" word is just plain ignorance on your part. I give to causes that legitamately give a "hand up" and just b/c your ignorance can't see past the bridge of your own nose, doesn't mean that LO, didn't have the best intentions for his $ & his foundation. I happen to be a HUGE proponent of any organization that keeps kids involved in constructive activities & off the streets. Basketball paves the way for many african american kids who don't stand a chance otherwise. So KMA.

568 days ago
73.

Mel    

What don't you all get? When Lamar said it was "his money" he meant it literally......case solved, how do you think they paid for their house.

568 days ago
74.

Lynn M    

I would bet that most, if not all, of the posters bashing Odom did not donate a dime to this charity. You are just bashing him because you don't like the Kardashians. It's disturbing because I think he really was supporting teams from the inner city neighborhood he was raised in. My advise is to change the mission statement and continue to fund the kids he cares about.

568 days ago
75.

BOHOE    

If you read the customer feedback on their ebay store (khlomar) lots of comments regarding over priced shipping charges...........no current listings ........Did ebay shut down the store ??

568 days ago
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