Lamar Odom was recently deactivated from the BIG3 league, with TMZ.com stating he wasn’t ready to play.
In response to the situation, Lamar has released a statement explaining his version of events and pays respect to Ice Cube and says thanks to the BIG3. He also requests that supporters don’t express any negativity towards anyone.
Lamar said, “As most of you have heard, the [BIG3] decided to deactivate me for the remainder of the 2019 season. I respect [Ice Cube] & the other league executives, however, I am extremely disappointed with the way that this has been handled.
Besides the embarrassment, it’s disappointing to read on [Instagram] that this decision had been made, especially without sharing it with myself or my manager. Only after I heard from the media, I was then told that the big boys cutting cheques decided that they had to deactivate me with no real specific explanation.
TMZ apparently did manage to get a clear answer from Ice Cue, “my health was their concern.” I have been 100% transparent about my condition before signing the contract, but at that point it wasn’t an issue. I was told after game #1 that I had been given extra time to get stronger. I have been working hard daily to get in better game shape.
The willingness & intent has always been there to play. The Rhode Island game that is happening tomorrow was the game I have been looking forward to the most as many people know that is where it all started for me. I am aware that at some point in life we have to accept & surrender to what God has planned or not planned for us — so I am staying positive.
I worked very hard to make a comeback in my life & no rejection can stop me. Thank you [BIG3]. I would love for you all to not express any negativity towards BIG3 as I am proud & rooting hard for Ice Cube to build this league to the next level. He is the only black male owning a sports league in the USA, just let that one sink in for a moment.
We must always think about the big picture, supporting our brothers & sisters. Let’s all be open to live with the concept of feedback because this can help us improve. I hope that we can use this situation as a lesson to grow, heal and become better people. I salute all of you, thank you for the love & energy.”
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