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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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91.

Ivan in Phoenix    

The putrid stench of the Kartrashians rises once again. He should name the teams and the amounts donated if he really gave money to anyone other than himself and the Katrashians. I bet Momma-K, Lamar, and Khloe were taking huge salaries to run the 'charity' leaving next to nothing to donate.

Charities are required to report their financials each year. Maybe TMZ can pull those records and report the true facts about these s c u m bags.

547 days ago
92.

DaDa    

I hope that someone gets to the bottom of this. That's really screwed up if he was just using the money for the traveling ball teams and "administrative" costs. Really screwed up. .....!!!

547 days ago
93.

Hank    

stupid fat Khloe is trying to claim that it's Lamar's money anyway - but since he got a huge tax deduction if he did donate it - and there are certain legal and ethical rules to be followed, that doesn't mean the charity can do anything it wants with the money. Just another celebirty charity scamming people.

547 days ago
94.

Diamond Goddess!    

It was inevitable that the Klan would involve themselves in a situation that Pimp Momma Kris couldn't fix...and I think this might be it!!!
(I always thought Khloe was on the level, but it looks like not.)

547 days ago
95.

TJ    

Upon reflection, I am willing to bet, the JennerK's are basking in all of this ATTENTION! They keep throwing out the bait and the gullible public keeps responding.
We need to keep them OUT of the news and SEACREST needs to CANCEL their show. Still laughing all the way to the bank. Just not right,people.

547 days ago
96.

bob_bitchin    

WTF does sponsoring a basketball team got to with helping fight cancer. He scammed people plain and simple

547 days ago
97.

Sandra     

anyone associated with the Kardashians is less than stellar!!

547 days ago
98.

LadyN    

Sketch. This whole thing is awful. He should be ashamed of himself and Khloe should be ashamed of herself for going along with it if she realized what was going on. She isn't too bright so she may not have known.

547 days ago
99.

Ric    

Lamar and company are pathetic

547 days ago
100.

Ric    

This means this charity is a total sham.

547 days ago
101.

ashley    

On Khloe's website, she said NONE OF THIS IS TRUE, so we must believe her, right???
*sarcasm

547 days ago
102.

LISA    

I read the other stories and the update, and I still think something is 'off' about this situation.


First of all, I couldn't find a website for the chartity. After tons of searching, I discovered Khloe had deleted the pic from her site. I eventually found it listed in another charity site, but it just described what the chartity was about, and there was no link! to any website. There was a amateurish logo and an address where people could donate via CHEQUES (only)! There was no link to donate via Pay Pal or credit card.


Lamar seems like an honest guy, but he's also pretty flaky. The first thing that came to mind is maybe his friend Jamie was running it (and not doing such a good job)?: I think there is more to this than meets the eye, but I don't think Lamar was involved (although he will be ultimately be held responsible).

547 days ago
103.

LISA    

I just found the link to Cathy's Kids - it's actually called Cathy's Kids Foundation. Notice the only way to donate is to MAIL cheques!


http://www.looktothestars.org/charity/cathys-kids-foundation

547 days ago
104.

HM    

Khloe should be INDICTED for her involvement in this charity. She knowingly asked for money and sold articles. Its NOT all Lamar

547 days ago
105.

STFU    

First Mary J Blige, now Lamar and Hoeie . Pay back is going to be a MUTHER.

547 days ago
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