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Lamar Odom’s charity Cathy’s Kids is under fire

Lamar Odom’s charity Cathy’s Kids is under fire
April 2, 2013 JEREMY FEIST

UPDATE: Khloé Kardashian has chimed in on the whole situation.

Khloé Kardashian

Because apparently just being Kardashian-adjacent leads you to some pretty morally dubious sh!t, Lamar Odom‘s charity, Cathy’s Kids, is being accused of holding out on donations to cancer patients in favour of donating money to basketball teams who apparently didn’t need a cent of it. Somewhere out there, Kris Jenner just wiped away an acidic tear and said, “welcome to the family,” before climbing back into her web. TMZ reports …

Lamar established the charity — Cathy’s Kids — in memory of his mother, who died from cancer when he was 12 … and initially stated that the purpose of the charity was to help underprivileged kids and raise money for cancer research. But according to official records — obtained by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” — there is no evidence any of the money ever went to fight cancer. There is proof, however, $1.3 million of the $2.2 million that was raised went toward funding two “elite” youth basketball teams — the insinuation is that the kids on the teams were so good, they were already on college radars for scholarships and other financial help. Of the remaining $900k, there is no evidence based on available documentation that any of it went to cancer research. In fact, according to OTL, there’s no evidence whatsoever of where the money went. Lamar sat down for an interview with ESPN producers — he brushed off questions about where the money went by saying it was all his dough, despite the fact the money was raised through solicitations on his website, Khloé Kardashian’s website and others.

Now before everyone brings out the pitchforks and torches, it is entirely possible that Lamar just sucks at handling money. That being said, he did marry a Kardashian for the sake of a reality TV show, so on second thought, pitchforks and torches everyone. I honestly don’t know why I even bothered playing devil’s advocate there.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.