Odom was seen heading into the Delta lounge upon arrival at the LAX and before boarding his flight, eyewitnesses say that he managed to get himself wasted by chugging beer and whisky. By the time he got on the flight, he was nauseated, drunk and was deemed to be unfit for travel as he was also beginning to be a nuisance among the passengers.
Reports say that the intoxicated basketball player threw up in the galley minutes before the plane was about to pull back from the gate.
Two passengers who were seated near Odom on first class seat 4B told TMZ that as the plane was preparing to leave the gate, Odom stood wearyingly, bolted for the front and threw up in the galley. He then walked into the bathroom with the door open and threw up again. They also described that Odom had vomit on his clothes when he came out of the bathroom.
Flight attendants then escorted Odom off the plane gently, they placed the man’s carry-on belongings in a plastic bag and removed them from the plane while a cleaning crew went on board to clean the mess Odom made.
However to the surprise of the passengers, approximately 10 minutes after he was escorted out of the plane, Odom – who still had vomit on his sweatpants – seemed to have found his way back into the plane, walked down the aisle and proceeded to his designated seat.
A few minutes later, just before pre-takeoff, Odom got up and tried to go back to the bathroom, holding on to the seat heads of his fellow passengers to try and balance himself.
Flight attendants decided to remove Odom from the flight for good when one of the passengers said to them, “Don’t you know his history? I don’t want a dead body at 30,000 feet.”
The embattled basketball player has had a string of drug and alcohol abuse controversies and at one point, had a fatal incident where he went into a comatose after an alleged drug overdose.
Odom’s antics managed to delay the flight to New York for 40 minutes.
Is Lamar’s Addiction Caused by Mental Disorder?
Lamar Odom’s struggle with sobriety could be caused by a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, or bi-polar disorder. One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone. But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.
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