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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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IwuvTMZ    

Uh huh.

566 days ago
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Toilethead    

The whole thing was probably just another kartrashian PR stunt.

566 days ago
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beachgal    

Oopsie.

566 days ago
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Miss Mary    

Sad and pathetic . . .

566 days ago
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TJ    

ANOTHER Kris Jenner ploy, for PUBLICITY!! Plant outrageous stories, then DENY everything!! So sick of Kardashian B>S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

566 days ago
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Laura    

I've noticed that since this story broke, the Kardashian family is desperately trying to put this entire charity on Lamar, not Khloe and Lamar. Khloe participated very much in the fundraising they were doing on EBay. This is not just Lamar--it is Lamar and Khloe.

566 days ago
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Vote2012    

There are no amateurs left in sports....college, high school etc....it's all about the money, sports is big time entertainment and profits. The real AAU has not existed since the late 1960...s. That is why I laugh when I read this story.

566 days ago
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TJ    

This story was planted, to divert attention away from Kim Kardashian's QUESTIONABLE pregnancy and
her hot pursuit of Kanye West,going on in France.

566 days ago
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Bo    

this is stupid.. I don't think Odom said he gave money to the AAU... he said he gave $ to AAU teams, which if you know anything about the youth bball circuit lots of teams describe themselves as " AAU" teams, b/c they travel & participate in AAU events & their players are required to be registered with the AAU. The better term probably could have been "club" teams, but it is not at all uncommon to refer to these teams as AAU teams. What is sad is that even when these athletes try to do someone positive, there are always naysayers who want to find something wrong with it. If his charity donated $ to travel teams, that is still fulfilling the promise to help underpriveleged kids. $2 mil isn't a lot of $, so to bash b/c $ went to helping kids participate in the sport that put him where he is, instead of cancer research is just stupid..cancer research is not hurting for $, kids in need are & if bball is an outlet Odom can help provide.. KUDOS to him!

566 days ago
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Klara    

Perhaps some of that money is inside of Kris Jenners new Chanel Minaudiere

566 days ago
11.

Lolly    

well he is not a Laker anymore his paycheck income for wookie has decreased.

566 days ago
12.

Mee    

WHERE'S THE MONEY?
Forget about the small treasure BOX hunt in AZ
THIS IS BIG LOST MONEY!

566 days ago
13.

Rich    

What a fraud these 2 are. Being millionaires and frauding the people I hope the P A is going after them for fraud

566 days ago
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DownSouth    

Looky here. Now it's only his charity? Aren't you forgetting it's also his drag queen wife, Khole Kowtrashican's "charity" too? It's not gonna work TMZ. Your little Armenian Ru Paul is going down with her husband.

566 days ago
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TJ    

Do us all a favor, and CANCEL the Kardashian reality show! The public wants them gone! Boycott RYAN SEACREST ,he is their enabler!

566 days ago
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