Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian’s estranged husband, is in the crosshairs of social and tabloid media after reportedly being yanked from a Delta flight Monday night before takeoff at LAX.

Lamar Odom. Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons
The former Lakers star “went to the Delta lounge at LAX before boarding a red-eye for NYC, and according to eyewitnesses was pounding down beers and whisky. By the time he got on the flight, we’re told he was wasted,” TMZ said.

“Odom has apparently left a house in Calabasas that Kardashian rented so he could be near her home during his recovery, but his reasons for moving out are up for debate. According to a People source, the former L.A. Laker was ‘ready to move on as well’ and could have renewed the lease and paid for the place himself.

But the Los Angeles Times quoted Airport Police Officer Rob Pedragon as saying: “We never received a call about this at all.”

“He didn’t know whether Odom had been asked to get off the plane by Delta personnel or did it on his own,” the Times said Tuesday. “Odom nearly died in October when he overdosed on cocaine, alcohol and an herbal sexual supplement at a brothel in Nevada. Despite that, he’s since been spotted ordering drinks, and Kardashian is said to have wanted him to go to rehab.”

Odom had sympathetic ears and otherwise:

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