Lamar Odom just cut a deal in his DUI case -- agreeing to plead "no contest" to the crime and in exchange he'll be on probation for the next 3 years ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Odom was arrested in L.A. on August 30 at 3:25 AM after cops saw him driving too slow on the 101 Freeway. He flunked field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. He was ultimately charged with one count of DUI.
But today, Lamar struck a deal with prosecutors ... and in addition to 3 years of probation, he's required to complete an alcohol education class by June 9.
He's also been ordered to pay $1,814 in fines and fees.
Odom's driver's license was automatically suspended for one year for refusing to submit to the BAC test -- and that punishment will stand.
SHOE DEAL WITH MICHAEL JORDAN
... I Just Did It
12/4/2013 8:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drake has a new business partner -- MICHAEL JORDAN -- 'cause the rapper just announced he signed a new shoe deal with Nike and MJ ... and he's fired up about it.
Drake made the announcement during a concert last night in Portland -- which also happens to be where Nike's headquarters are located.
During the show, Drake said, "Today I came to Portland, and I officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family." Drake said it was one of the best days of his life.
The rapper then posted a shot of his special OVO Air Jordans to his Instagram page -- it's unclear when they'll hit the market.
The move comes in the wake of Kanye West revealing that he recently pulled out of a deal with Nike because they wouldn't give him royalties on his shoes.
So far, the terms of Drake's deal with the swoosh have not been released!
Back in the Danger Zone
11/28/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom threw himself back into the lion's den last night ... arriving at LAX, where swarms of photogs are always on the lookout for celebs ... and he NEARLY lost his cool.
Lamar was walking through one of the terminals when he claims a pap nearly ran him over. The photog denies the accusation, but you can tell ... Lamar's pissed.
At one point, Lamar looks the pap in the eye and says, "Don't antagonize me." He then publicly humiliates the guy with the biggest diss of all time ... you gotta see it.
Good thing Lamar kept his temper under control -- for the most part -- as we reported, he agreed to stay on his best behavior after his epic pap confrontation over the summer. He also agreed to get anger management counseling.
I Was Drunk
NOT High On Drugs
11/23/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom admits he fell off the wagon last week ... but he insists he was s**faced drunk, and not cracked out.
Lamar told friends he's seen the video (above) we posted on TMZ, showing him slurring his words in an L.A. bathroom as he rapped with his fellow shirtless friend Jamie Sangouthai.
Lamar says it was a one time deal and NO drugs were involved -- he was specific about 2 drugs he's had problems with -- crack and coke.
So we gotta ask ...
Cracked Out Rap Video
I Cheated on Khloe
11/22/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom's drug problem is only getting worse -- at least that's how it looks in this video, shot this month and obtained by TMZ, showing Lamar incoherently rapping without his shirt on ... talking about drugs, making money without the NBA, and cheating on Khloe Kardashian.
Lamar appears out of it, rapping about making money off his fragrance "Unbreakable," and how he smokes drugs to make "the pain go away." He even drops Kanye's name.
But the crazy part -- Lamar raps, "And when Khloe's out of town / I still be on the DL." His friend then follows up, "You know what it is / We the QU [Queens] pimps / Ask any of these shorties / We ran through their cribs."
Translation: when Khloe's away, Lamar will play.
As we reported, Lamar's currently training hard in Rhode Island, trying to get his ass back in shape for the NBA -- but drugs are still obviously a big part of his life.
Who Wants Shots???
11/21/2013 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom was the life of the party last night in Rhode Island -- buying shots for an entire bar, including a bunch of hot college chicks -- and we got a pic of Lamar with his brand new friends.
Sources tell TMZ, Lamar and a couple buddies dropped by Charlie O's in Narragansett -- where one of Lamar's signed jerseys hangs tall on the wall -- and some sorority girls asked him for a picture.
We're told Lamar declined, saying he couldn't take pics with anyone, but then bought the entire bar shots of Hennessy ... an interesting move for someone who's trying to stay sober.
On their way out, around 12:30AM, we're told the girls asked Lamar one more time for a picture ... and this time he obliged (above). According to sources, Lamar bought the shots and was extremely talkative all night ... but he did NOT drink a drop himself.
As we reported, Lamar's returned to his college stomping grounds while he trains for his return to the NBA ... or so he hopes.
Grizzlies Star Zach Randolph
I'm Reppin THE BULLS
11/19/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Zach Randolph has some serious 'splainin' to do ... 'cause the Memphis Grizzlies star hit up the L.A. club scene this weekend wearing a CHICAGO BULLS HAT ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Randolph and his crew rolled into Greystone Manor in Hollywood on Sunday night ... and even though he didn't feel like talking, he definitely made a huge statement with his choice of headgear.
Of course, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick took a TON of heat for a similar situation earlier this year ... when he was seen out with a Miami Dolphins hat on.
So, the question is ...
BACK TO SCHOOL
11/18/2013 3:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom has escaped to his Alma Mater – the University of Rhode Island – for the week ... and is hitting the courts at his old gym ... presumably training for his alleged return to the NBA.
Lamar told our camera guy over weekend he's been in talks with the LA Clippers ... after his career was derailed this summer by a serious crack problem.
The assistant coach at URI – Preston Murphy – was a former teammate of Lamar’s when they played college ball together back in ’98 … and it looks like Murphy is letting Lamar use the facilities to train while the team is away for the week.
Lamar has been mugging with students on campus.
Remember kids ... don't do drugs.
I'm Close to Re-Signing With Clippers
11/17/2013 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom just confirmed to TMZ ... discussions are underway for a return to the team he loved -- the L.A. Clippers.
We got Lamar at LAX about an hour ago ... and he made it clear something is going on between him and the team.
Coach Doc Rivers said he met with Lamar Friday to have a chit chat and there is a buzz that serious negotiations are underway.
Lamar certainly wants back because we know he's been seriously training for the last month ... and as far as we know he's drug free.
NBA Star Anthony Davis
Alleged Freshman Hazing Video Surfaces
11/9/2013 1:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Video just surfaced of NBA star Anthony Davis being held down butt naked and spanked on his ass -- an apparent victim of hazing while at the University of Kentucky.
Davis only attended the University of Kentucky for one season (2011-12) -- making him a freshman in the video ... where someone, most likely a teammate is smacking his ass in the locker room.
It's interesting video with hazing and locker room bullying becoming such a hot button issue after the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin scandal with the Miami Dolphins.
Davis is clearly not fighting back in the video -- which comes off as more playful than violent -- in fact, he's laughing and mugging for the camera.
We reached out to Univ. of Kentucky for comment ... so far, no word back.
Ditto for Davis who's now a star for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Denver Nuggets Mascot
... While Being Lowered From Rafters
11/2/2013 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky the Mountain Lion's motionless body was lowered from the Pepsi Center ceiling last night before their home opener ... but the big mystery is why.
The plan called for Rocky to be lowered from the rafters with a spotlight on him ... but when his descent to the floor began -- Rocky didn't move a muscle ... and instantly collapsed when he touched the ground.
According to reports ... the guy in the suit was checked out right after and walked off the court on his own, but so far ... the team has been hush-hush on what happened.
Good news -- the team should have Rocky back for their next game.
Bad news -- the team got their asses kicked by the Blazers.
At Beacher's Madhouse
11/1/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom was drunk -- very drunk -- at Beacher's Madhouse in Hollywood Wednesday night ... eyewitnesses tell TMZ -- and it's a dramatic, depressing turn in his life.
People who were present tell us ... Lamar showed up with several guys. In short order Lamar was hanging at the bar doing shots of Patron. For the next 3 hours, Lamar could not be seen without a glass of champagne.
Our sources say he was "hammered." One witness -- who knows the difference -- says Lamar didn't seem like he was on drugs. It appeared to be alcohol-fueled.
Lamar stayed until closing at 2 AM. By 2:30 AM he was in the valet area talking about where to go for the "after party."
Lamar claims he's been clean for the last few weeks. Khloe Kardashian even invited him to a Kanye West concert earlier in the week as a show of support, although we're told she's already decided to divorce him.
Christie Endorsement Was MY Idea
10/30/2013 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shaquille O'Neal's still calling the shots -- but now in the political arena -- telling TMZ it was HIS brilliant idea to endorse Republican NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
Shaq -- who's a native of Newark -- was in neighboring NYC last night when we asked about the Governor's newest strategy ... a 30-second campaign commercial featuring the big man (O'Neal not Christie).
Clearly, Shaq's a big fan ... telling us Christie's "a good man" who's done a lot for the Garden State. ... that's why he came up with what could be a game winning play for the Governor.