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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

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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All this is doing is trying to leave focus of Lamar's thievery! Prosecute him to the fullest! Oh Khloe your "people" didnt cover this **** up..you are all done!

545 days ago


I believe he has helped people out..but that doesn't give him the right to lie about where all the $$ people have donated gone?? He should have more integrity than that...

545 days ago

Lynn M    

If you really want to read about Odom's intent for his charity, google " Cathy's kids page three ESPN. ESPN has an undated article about the first fund raiser and clearly states the intent of the charity. BTW, there is another charity, called Cathy's Kids Foundation that is a charity specifically raising funds for cancer. It is not the same charity.

545 days ago


I'm glad he helped you but it wont change his fake scam of cancer charity . He made his bed with being a Kardashion so he has to live with the fake reality world he lives in.

545 days ago


Kudos to you Lamar!!! :)

545 days ago


that's great now we can just forget about the whole cancer charity fraud

545 days ago


Has Lamar been found guilty in a court of law? Amazing how quick we are to judge someone in a negative light. Are we so mean spirited to delight in someone's fall rather than delight in their success and charity.

545 days ago


Shout out to Lamar.

545 days ago


who cares

545 days ago


I smell a RAT!

545 days ago


He's a Kardashian now they don't help others!

545 days ago


Too late Lamar. We all know you're just a sleazey Kardashian! You've lost ALL credibility!

540 days ago


For y'all not to like these people you truly do keep up with them. And how much money did you nothing ass people give...exactly fall back.

501 days ago
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