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Lamar Odom

AAU Basketball DENIES

Receiving ANY Charity Donations

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

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."

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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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.

537 days ago


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. .....!!!

537 days ago


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.

537 days ago

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.)

537 days ago


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.

536 days ago


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

536 days ago


anyone associated with the Kardashians is less than stellar!!

536 days ago


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.

536 days ago


Lamar and company are pathetic

536 days ago


This means this charity is a total sham.

536 days ago


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

536 days ago


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).

536 days ago


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!


536 days ago


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

536 days ago


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

536 days ago
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