Odom tweets about father, dark times

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Lamar Odom lashed out at his father on Twitter, saying he was the root of the problem that led to a recent "dark time" in the NBA player's life but adding that the "only person 2 blame is myself."

Odom, who played for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, expressed his thoughts in an extended Twitter message on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old veteran was bothered in particular by his father's comments about his wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, and her family causing his son's problems.

Odom's Twitter post read:

"Won't continue 2 speak on this but I have got 2 let this out real quick. I have let this man and many others get away with a lot of s---. He wasn't there 2 raise me. He was absent ALL of my life due to his own demons. My mother and grandmother raised me. Queens raised me. For the first time since they left, came a blessing of a FAMILY that I married into. FAMILY.

"That man wasn't even invited to my wedding. He has never met my mother in law and some of my other family. How can a man who has NOT once called me to check on my well being have the nerve to talk so recklessly about his own "son". He is my downfall! His own demons may be the ONLY thing he gave 2 me.

"He disrespecting the ONLY FAMILY that has loved me without expecting anything in return. They are the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time. Only person 2 blame is myself. Say what you want about me but leave the ones who have done nothing but protect and love me out of this! This goes to out to everyone!"

According to ESPN, close friends have tried to help Odom deal with a drug problem. In early September, he entered a rehabilitation center but checked out after one day, People.com reported.

On Aug. 30, Odom was arrested in southern California on suspicion of driving under the influence and released from jail after posting bail, according to a police report.

The Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers have pursued signing Odom for the coming season. He won the NBA's Sixth Man Award in 2011 and played on NBA championship teams in 2009 and 2010.
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