The man who says he supplied ex-Los Angeles Clippers star Lamar Odom with more than $50,000 worth of cocaine over three years has sensationally claimed drug use is common in the NBA — with some players even using heroin before their games.
It’s a stunning allegation from the ultimate inside man that could rock the pro basketball league, which is currently under fire for its testing regime in light of Odom’s purported drug use.
The whistle-blowing dealer, who agreed to speak with RadarOnline.com on the condition we obscure his face and voice, bragged about his close ties to Odom and as many as 50 other NBA stars, who he said were his regular clientele.
“I have players that will get high right before their game and play their game high,” the man claimed.
Critics have suggested drug use is commonplace among players and easily undetected because testing is randomized — four each season and two during each off-season — meaning players can go months without having to provide a sample.
What’s more, only urine — and not blood — samples are collected, like the Major Baseball League.
In 2005, lawmakers even chided the NBA’s anti-doping test program as “pathetic,” “inadequate,” and “a joke.”
“How bad is it?” Radar probed the dealer in our exclusive video interview.
“Just as bad as it is in any urban city, in any run down city,” he responded.
“Everything from marijuana to cocaine to heroin. Some of them like to sniff heroin,” he said.
Shockingly, as Radar previously reported, the dealer claimed two-time championship player Odom was high from freebasing cocaine before the Clippers’ 14-point win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 10.
Odom has yet to respond to a request for comment about the allegation.
Said the dealer: “I have players, I don’t know much know about the testing and that technical portion of it, but what I do know is that I have players that feel that they perform better when they’re high.”
“Are these fringe players, or are these superstar players?” Radar asked.
“Both. Both. And it’s not just basketball,” the dealer said. “It’s tennis, it’s hockey, it’s baseball, it’s everything you can name. I have politicians that are some of my favorite clients.”
As the right-hand man to a cavalcade of celebrities and high-profile identities, the drug pusher said he’s been “in the presence of more than 200 celebrities slash athletes slash musicians using and abusing drugs.”
He grinned as he boasted, “I have clients that come and spend upwards of 100 grand in one sitting. Over a weekend they’ll spend $100,000 and call in three days and want more.”
When asked if he was enabling drug use across professional sports, the man insisted, “I am a victim of free enterprise in America.”
He added, “Although I went to a good school… I have a degree in political science… Outside of that, the drug trade is much more lucrative. And it helps me… it’s almost like I’m addicted to the drug although I don’t use any drugs.”
As for how he reconciles with seeing athletes like Odom — whom he has supplied drugs to — in the depths of a seedy drug-riddled existence, the dealer charged: “When I do my soul search… I say I didn’t initially start them on the drug use. I’m (just) providing a service.”