American pro-basketball play Lamar Odom, 33, who last played with the Los Angeles Clippers, has come under public scrutiny for drug abuse. Whilst there is no evidence to prove Lamar has used crack, his alleged mistress Polina Polonsky (a criminal defense lawyer) has told the media that she witnessed the athlete smoke crack cocaine in her apartment.
Polina told TMZ: ''I did see it, he was a little paranoid, I found little wads of paper towels in pretty much every hole or crevis in my apartment after he had left.''
Lamar’s wife, Khloe Kardashian, 29, has kept tight lipped about the scandal and is still pictured wearing her wedding ring, fueling rumors that they are still together while she is helping him through this difficult time.
However, it was only last month that the basketball star was arrested under a DUI charge and to add to that, he supposedly checked into rehab on September 5 and then checked himself out within 24hours. Despite the media furor, Odom has flat out denied that he has a problem with crack. A classic case of celebrity denial …
But Lamar is not the first and he will by no means be the last celebrity to fall victim to the effects of drugs and bad publicity.
Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes and Mike Tyson have all made front pages in recent weeks for their uncontrollable behavior linked to drug abuse.
Mike Tyson has come forward and admitted his troubled behavior is down to drug and alcohol abuse. He said during a press conference in New York, “I hate myself. I’m trying to kill myself” and claimed he was a “vicious alcoholic.”
And while Lindsay Lohan has recently come out of rehab, it seems it is now Amanda Bynes turn. The actress/singer was reportedly taken to hospital and put on a 5150 psychiatric ward for her recent outrageous behavior (most notably on Twitter).
It is clear that the pressures of ‘celebrity’ and grueling schedules can make a disastrous breeding ground for drug abuse and appalling lifestyle choices. But can celebrities really save their careers after being exposed as a drug addict?
Take a look at some of these inspiring celebrities who rescued their careers after drug abuse…
- Oprah Winfrey: admitted using crack cocaine in the ‘80s.
- Eminem: is now sober and has kicked his drug habit.
- Eric Clapton: previously spent $16,000 per week on heroin and now has opened a treatment center for drug and alcohol treatment.
- Robert Downry Jr.: battled addiction to heroin and cocaine but since 2002 has remained sober.
- Drew Barrymore: was addicted to cocaine by the age of 13, but has managed to keep clean since then.
So, it just goes to show that drug abuse does not automatically mean an end to your career, but it should be a stumbling point whereby you realise that your life has taken a wrong turn. Celebs are role models (whether they want to be or not) and it is their responsibility to live a life that their fans can live up to. But those who live in denial and avoid cleaning up their act, will end up on the skip heap before long.