In 2004, certainly one of Lamar Odom‘s biggest desires came proper.
The NBA champion became supplied a spot on the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball crew, which was “certainly one of the most important honors in my career,” Odom, 39, writes in his new memoir, Darkness to Light, solely excerpted in PEOPLE.
But, as Odom writes, “the pleasure of being named to the twelve-guy roster fast became to tension whilst Olympic officials knowledgeable me that I would have to skip a drug test before officially joining the crew.”
At the time, Odom was using drugs and knew that he wouldn’t pass an authentic test, which could disqualify him from competing at the Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Then living in Los Angeles, Odom received a “call from USA Basketball that a drug tester would be coming to my house in some days to administer the screening,” he writes. “There becomes absolutely no way I became going to skip. I’d been smoking weed each day that summertime. Panic set in.”
“We began googling ‘fake penises’ and studied one of a kind methods to overcome a drug check,” he writes. “After an exhaustive search, we ordered a massive, rubber, black c— to arrive the day after today.”
And whilst the legit tester arrived at Odom’s domestic to administer the test, the NBA champion was organized, recruiting his drug-unfastened teacher “to urinate into the reservoir of the phallus, which became hidden in the balls,” he writes.
“He surpassed me the rubber penis and left the bathroom as I strapped it on,” Odom writes approximately his teacher.
The NBA security reputable then entered the bathroom and watched from feet away as Odom squeezed out his instructor’s pee from the prosthetic.
“I unzipped my pants and carefully slid the faux penis via the zipper hollow. To get the pee to come out of the tip, I had to squeeze the shaft again and again,” Odom writes.
Although Odom admits in his ebook that he “was paranoid it wouldn’t work,” he exceeded the test after he exceeded the official warm cup of his teacher’s urine.
“He caught a thermometer in the cup to gauge the temperature … satisfied that the pee becomes mine, said ‘Welcome to Team USA,’ ” Odom writes.
Odom’s memoir additionally explores how his drug addiction —which resulted in a near-deadly overdose in 2015 — took a bad toll on his relationships, including with ex-wife Khloé Kardashian.
During their marriage, Odom cheated on Kardashian, 34, he reveals inside the book, and they ultimately found the infidelities.
“I became greatly surprised and embarrassed,” he advised PEOPLE in a special interview. “I desired to take it back. However, you can’t. [I] desired to hide it. But that ill sin became tough for me to hide … I had a problem.”
Kardashian’s rep did not reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
Continued Odom: “[I] ran out of porn to look at! That’s how you realize whilst you are going a touch overboard.”
Odom’s dependency on intercourse turned compounded using his dependency on capsules.
“Sex changed into a cause for me to do drugs,” he told PEOPLE. “Because you double up on [that] true feeling.”
Thankfully, Odom is now drug-unfastened but admits that he’s still operating thru his demons.
“I’m nonetheless an addict,” he writes in his ebook. “I nonetheless warfare … [But] I will not move into the darkness. Ever again.”