Authorities suspect Lamar Odom to have had overdosed on cocaine and other drugs before he was found unresponsive and in critical condition at a Nevada brothel.
This, according to an earlier report by The Associated Press.
Documents include a testimony from Nye County sheriff’s detective Michael Eisenloffel to a Nevada state judge on October 13 after the former NBA player was found at the Love Ranch.
”I believe that Mr. Odom may be – or may have been – under the influence of a controlled substance,” Eisenloffel told Fifth Judicial District Judge Robert Lane.
Odom was first brought to the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas before being transferred via helicopter to Los Angeles where he, according to his family, will continue his recovery and undergo therapy.
”He is beginning to gradually flourish both mentally and physically,” said Alvina Alston, publicist for Odom’s aunt JaNean Mercer, in a statement she released recently. ”His use of speech has increased, and he’s more cognitively responsive.”
The brothel’s officials have said workers saw Odom drink alcohol and take supplements sold as ”herbal Viagra” but no employees personally saw him take illegal drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration in 2013 issued a warning against one brand of supplement they said he took, Reload, after it was found to contain sildenafil, an active ingredient in prescription Viagra.
A six-page transcript of the detective’s request for the search warrant said Odom was seen by witnesses and on security video taking an unidentified pill from an unmarked plastic bag in his pocket, and two prostitutes told police they had ”vague knowledge” that Odom was using illicit narcotics.
The Nevada judge issued a search warrant authorizing police to obtain a blood sample from Odom after he was taken to the Las Vegas hospital. Test results are still pending.
Authorities have not ruled out the possibility of taking action against the brothel or Odom, who spent most of his 14-year career in the NBA in Los Angeles with the Clippers and Lakers.
The 35-year-old Odom won two championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010 and was also a former recipient of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.