Free agent forward again in the news for all of the wrong reasons.
Former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drink or drugs near Los Angeles, traffic police said.
Odom, the subject of a rash of news stories about alleged drug use and troubles in his marriage to Khloe Kardashian, was taken into custody after being detained in the early hours.
An arrest report said the 33-year-old former Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers standout, an NBA player for 14 seasons who has not signed a deal for next season, was seen driving his white Mercedes SUV in a “serpentine manner at 50 miles per hour.”
He was arrested after exiting the Ventura Freeway northwest of Los Angeles just before 4:00 am, said a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) traffic police force.
Odom showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” and he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, the arrest report said.
He was transported to a local police station, and refused to undergo chemical tests, according to the report. Bail was set at $15,000, and he was released more than three hours later.
He is due in court on September 27, it said.
Media reports in recent weeks have highlighted Odom’s alleged drug use, and suggested that he had gone missing last weekend after a fight with his wife, a member of the celebrity Kardashian family.
His agent said the basketball player was “not missing,” and ESPN reported Odom was an an LA hotel where friends were trying to help him with a drug problem, the LA Times reported.
Odom has averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game over 961 career NBA games.