— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 15, 2015
Sometimes when I think ESPN has become out-of-touch and tone deaf to the cultural aspect surrounding sports, Scott Van Pelt puts me in check and reminds me why he’s hands down the best in the business.
The sad reality around this Lamar Odom calamity is that his identity has shifted from being a two-time NBA champion and former Sixth Man of the Year to a Kardashian throw away. A disposable pawn in their ruthless and insatiable need to accumulate fame in the absence of any discernible talents.
Instead of reflecting on Lamar Odom the Champion, the Olympian, most reports have centered around how this is affecting poor Khloe. Khloe is “inconsolable.” Some reports indicate that the Kardashians brought a camera crew into the hospital and others debunk that rumor. Kylie suddenly ended her live stream upon hearing the news of Lamar! The important news, like the current state of Lamar’s health is so shoddily reported that JR Smith hopped on Instagram and posted an RIP Lamar post.
Is he dead? Is he brain dead? Is there a chance at recovery? I don’t know. But I do know Kris Jenner was wearing an all-black designer outfit to the hospital. Was it Gucci? Maybe Armani? And suddenly we all forgot what’s important.