Yesterday, a report from ESPN found that Lamar Odom and Khloé Kardashian‘s charity, Cathy’s Kids, donated a whopping nothing to the cancer patients it claimed it was helping, and instead donated the money to various other benefactors, none of whom were cancer patients. So of course, Khloé took it upon herself to tell everyone that her husband wasn’t just one massive scam artist. Here’s the quote from TMZ to set things up before we make things infinitely worse …
Mrs. Odom lashed out in a statement posted on her website … saying, “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.”
[…] She adds, “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.”
See? It’s not that he scammed anyone, it’s just that he raised money for a charity by initially pledging to help cancer patients and then decided it would be better to donate it to basketball. I mean, why bother helping out kids who are gravely ill when you can give money to kids so they can put a ball in a hoop? Basketball, cancer, to-may-to to-mah-to really.