Lamar Odom arrested on suspicion of DUI

By Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports

Veteran NBA player Lamar Odom was arrested by the California Highway Patrol early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, according to the incident report.

The California Highway Patrol noticed Odom's white Mercedes SUV "driving in a serpentine manner at 50 mph" on the 101 Freeway around 3:25 a.m. Pacific.

Odom posted bail, set at $15,000, and was released at 8:33 a.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 27.

The arrest report said Odom, 33, showed "objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated."

He refused chemical tests and was booked to the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Jail at 5:01 a.m., according to the report.

Odom's arrest comes after recent speculation about his whereabouts and well-being. He is married to reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, and she reacted angrily to comments about her family on Twitter earlier this week. Kardashian's publicity group, PMK-BNC, declined to comment Friday.

Odom, a free agent, has spent most of his NBA career in Los Angeles with the Clippers, his first and last NBA team, and the Lakers, where he won two championships in 2009 and 2010. He had an unproductive season with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12 and averaged four points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 19.7 minutes per game for the Clippers last season.

He wanted to play this season, and the Clippers had some interest in bringing him back. But the Clippers signed veteran forward Antawn Jamison on Wednesday.

Odom had been suspended twice by the NBA for violating the league's drug policy. But that was more than a decade ago - in March and November of 2001. Odom admitted to using marijuana after the second suspension.

Despite fame and success in the NBA, Odom has experienced his share of pain. His dad was a drug addict, his mom died of cancer when he was 12 and he lost a 6½-month-old-son, Jayden, to a sudden death in a crib in 2006.


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