Former NBA star Lamar Odom has revealed he used a prosthetic penis to dupe drug – testers before competing at the 2004 Olympics for the United States , according to an upcoming memoir .
The 39 – year – old former Los Angeles Lakers star made the revelation in his autobiography “ Darkness to Light ” , which lifts the lid on his battles with drugs and sex addiction .
Odom said he had panicked after being named to the US Olympic team for the 2004 Games in Athens, fearing that he would fail a drugs test.
“ The joy of being named to the 12 – 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 , ” Odom said , according to excerpts of his book published on People . com .
“ There was absolutely no way I was going to pass . I’ d been smoking weed every day that summer, ” he wrote . “ Panic set in . ”
Odom said he turned to the Internet to come up with a solution .
“ We started googling ‘ fake penises ’ and studied different ways to beat a drug test, ” he wrote , before ordering a prosthetic penis online .
Odom said he used urine supplied by his drug – free trainer to pass the test when a doping control officer arrived at his house . The drug – tester watched from a few feet away as Odom produced a fake urine sample .
“ He stuck a thermometer in the cup to gauge the temperature … satisfied that the pee was mine , and said ‘ Welcome to Team USA , ‘” Odom writes in the book .
The US basketball team would go on to suffer disappointment at the Olympics, finishing with a bronze medal.
Odom, a member two NBA finals – winning Lakers teams in 2010 and 2011 , suffered a life- threatening breakdown in 2015 when he was discovered unconscious at a brothel in Nevada .
He had suffered kidney failure and multiple heart attacks and strokes and was in a coma before later recovering consciousness .
Odom says in the book that he is still struggling with addiction .
“ I’ m still an addict, ” he said . “ I still struggle … ( But ) I will not go into the darkness. Ever again . ”