Khloe Kardashian yesterday lashed back at reports accusing her husband Lamar Odom of using the guise of cancer charity to make money for his own interests.
According to an investigation by ESPN, NBA baller Lamar Odom NEVER used the funds ($2.2 million) generated by his charity organization since it was founded in 2004 to contribute to the fight against cancer, as was stated in the mission statement. Instead, he used more than half (60%) of the money to fund two ‘elite’ youth basketball teams, as well as to pay an annual salary to Odom’s high school coach for being the organization’s ‘secretary.’
Not only that, Khloe was heavily involved in the charity business, as she opened a joint eBay account, where she and Odom sold personal stuff to raise funds. However, as soon as the news of the scandal broke, they removed all the items listed on the account for sale.
Besides, no one knows where the remaining 40% of the money went to.
Writing on her blog soon after the news broke, Khloe described the new allegations by ESPN as another attack on her husband. Her statement reads in full:
‘It is unfortunate that my husband has been the target of an attack on athletes’ charities, although he has personally contributed approximately $2.2 million to his foundation, Cathy’s Kids, to fulfill its charitable purposes that include helping underprivileged inner-city youth.
The millions of dollars personally contributed by Lamar constituted more than 90% of the money raised by the foundation. All of the funds donated by Lamar and the other contributions to Cathy’s Kids were used for one of the foundation’s intended charitable purposes. Not one penny went to help Lamar personally or any member of his family. No charitable funds were misused, and the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy’s Kids a clean bill of health, confirming that there were no improprieties.
Cathy’s Kids was formed with several purposes in mind, including benefitting underprivileged youth and cancer research. A decision was ultimately made that the charity should focus on one of those purposes — to help enrich the lives of underprivileged inner-city youth. It accomplished that goal. Cathy’s Kids helped fund multiple AAU basketball teams providing underprivileged youth with opportunities enriching their lives, providing financial support for coaching and travel to tournaments, helping inner-city youth on a path toward success and leading many participants to go on to college.’
She then went to Twitter to shout out to ‘haters’:
There are some finicky people in this world! People thrive off hate! I am fueled by LOVE and POSITIVITY. Peace to those who only know hate
— KhloéKardashianOdom (@KhloeKardashian) April 3, 2013
When Lamar was asked by ESPN about the allegation, he reportedly said, ‘It’s my money.’
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