Lamar Odom is telling all in his upcoming memoir Darkness to Light, and the former NBA great reveals that he once resorted to wearing a prosthetic penis filled with someone else’s urine in order to pass a drug test so he could play at the 2004 Olympics.
In an excerpt obtained by People, the 39-year-old ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian writes that he was initially thrilled to be invited to represent his country at the games, but quickly began to panic when “the joy of being named to the twelve-man roster quickly turned to anxiety when Olympic officials informed me that I would have to pass a drug test before officially joining the team.”
He then received a “call from USA Basketball that a drug tester would be coming to my house in a few days to administer the screening,” he writes. “There was absolutely no way I was going to pass. I’d been smoking weed every day that summer. Panic set in.”
Desperate not to lose out on the honour of playing on Team USA, Odom and his trainer, who was drug-free, turned to the internet.
“We started googling ‘fake penises’ and studied different ways to beat a drug test,” he explains. “After an exhaustive search we ordered a giant, rubber, black c**k to arrive the next day.”
He then got his trainer to “to urinate into the reservoir of the phallus, which was hidden in the balls,” he continues, noting that he took the prosthetic member loaded with clean urine and “strapped it on.”
When it was time to administer the drug test, Odom admits he was nervous that he would get caught as the test’s administrators watched him from a few feet away.
“I unzipped my pants and carefully slid the fake penis through the zipper hole,” he writes. “To get the pee to come out of the tip, I had to squeeze the shaft repeatedly.
Admitting he “was paranoid it wouldn’t work,” he wound up passing the test after handing over the warm cup of drug-free urine.
“He stuck a thermometer in the cup to gauge the temperature… satisfied that the pee was mine, said, ‘Welcome to Team USA,’” Odom recalls.
Darkness to Light hits bookstores on May 28.