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Lamar Odom Gets Props

For SAVING Ex-College

Star From Streets

4/4/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0403_lamar_ryan_pearson_getty_articleFormer college basketball star Ryan Pearson credits his entire career to Lamar Odom ... claiming L.O. rescued him from the streets when his family was poor and gave him a chance to be successful in life.

Pearson -- who was an Associated Press All America honorable mention during his stint at George Mason -- is now playing pro basketball overseas ... and believes it's only possible because of Odom's charitable support.

We spoke with Ryan's mother, Leslie Pearson, who tells us Ryan first met Lamar at a basketball event when he was 11 years old ... when Pearson's family was struggling financially.

Pearson says Lamar saw potential in him ... and knew he needed help ... so L.O. put him on a "life scholarship" and paid for Ryan to play on a traveling team, so he could develop his game and become visible to college programs.

Leslie says Lamar "paid for everything ... including team travel, team registration fees, buses, and meals. He also funded entire basketball tournaments around New York."

Leslie believes at least some of the funding came from Odom's Cathy's Kids charity.

We're told Lamar also paid for Ryan to attend a private high school so he could get a top-notch education and elite basketball coaching.

Odom's plan worked -- because Ryan was recruited by some of the top basketball programs in the country and eventually selected GMU -- where he majored in sports management.

As for the reports that Lamar is a scam artist who ran a shady charity operation, Pearson says there's no way that's possible ... because Lamar is a "saint" who only ever wanted to help people.

"Lamar always showed up to support the basketball team and he would have BBQs at his house for all the families and players."

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31.

mcf1040    

Charity scam artist.

477 days ago
32.

oink    

Lamar has him a lover, yup, he's on the down lo, i hope that Elmo guy is watching this, this is how to take care of your male lover,

Men put their mistress up and support them, Lamar took care of his lover. good Job Lamar hahah

477 days ago
33.

swack    

And so the cleaning up of the image begins! If the charity really helped fund this then there would be a paper trail. If they want to prove he isn't perpetuating a fraud then open your books for people to see.

477 days ago
34.

MONSTRO    

PR Damage Control!!! Is Kris Jenner his manager?

477 days ago
35.

LISA    

So Lamar paid for everything and ‘may have’ used some of the charity money to send this kid to a “private high school so he could get a top-notch education and elite basketball coaching”? Did ‘Saint Odem’ also use charity money to pay for the BBQ’s he threw for the teams and their families at his house?


This sounds like misappropriation of charity funds to me. Worst damage control article ever, TMZ!

477 days ago
36.

LA me    

"Ryan first met Lamar at a basketball event when he was 11 years old ...
Pearson says Lamar saw potential in him ... and knew he needed help ... so L.O. put him on a "life scholarship" and paid for Ryan to play on a traveling team, so he could develop his game and become visible to college programs.

Leslie says Lamar "paid for everything ... including team travel, team registration fees, buses, and meals. He also funded entire basketball tournaments around New York."

Leslie believes at least some of the funding came from Odom's Cathy's Kids charity.#
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Excuse me but how old is this dude and when was Cathy's kids Charity founded??? If Lam Lam has been funding him since he was 11, something in the milk ain't clean. Just saying....
Guess they can spin it as a "life time" scholarship BS.
Seem's as if Lam Lam is funding youth of any wealth (some "Elite") and using it to promote certain players and probably getting a "kick back" for scouting them to certain NCAA and NBA as hopefulls.

477 days ago
37.

krasovitz    

Fail.

477 days ago
38.

tom    

Well if he had Bbq's he must be a saint. Case dismissed..

477 days ago
39.

tom    

Hope he doesnt get dizzy from the spin happening on this story of theft and mismanagment..

477 days ago
40.

Parker    

Who gives a phk.......he s also stealing money from a fake charity.....wow now odom is getting people to say good things about him...aint gonna fly........wheres the money people donated to this charity...dont care about one man.......that money was meant for cancer kids.......trying to look good with this one azzhole....but Lamar and Khloe are not only trash they are now hieves!

477 days ago
41.

Parker    

Follow the money.....not fake docs....qlso he and khloe got caught and now come up with this lame azz idiot as a point......

477 days ago
42.

helloitsme    

So what? He had a cancer charity named after his mom who died from cancer but gave zero money towards it.

477 days ago
43.

barnyardhumor    

TMZ now trying to do damage control for Kris Jenner - sickening.

477 days ago
44.

Dobby    

I don't think he's a scam artist, but I do think celebrities should think twice about setting up a "charity" and not following through with it. They can get in big trouble because of all the red tape, and it's there for a reason. Hire someone to run the charity, someone who knows what they're doing, and problem solved.

477 days ago
45.

Annie    

TMZ....Damage control for the Kartrashians.

477 days ago
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