A champion NBA player who is also a reality television star — and who has been making headlines lately for his off-court problems — has been arrested. The Los Angeles Times reports that Lamar Odom, who won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and most recently played with the L.A. Clippers, was arrested this morning on suspicion of DUI.
Odom is one of the title characters, along with his wife, Khloe Kardashian Odom, on the E! reality show "Khloe & Lamar." The story reports that Odom "was spotted driving erratically on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, the California Highway Patrol said."
According to jail records, Odom was arrested at 3:54 a.m. and booked into jail in Van Nuys, Calif., the story reports.
"CHP officials said they spotted Odom driving a white Mercedes sports utility vehicle eastbound on the 101 Freeway near Sepulveda Boulevard. The driver was driving in a ‘serpentine manner’ at speeds of about 50 mph," the Times reports. "Authorities tried to pull over Odom, but he continued driving eastbound, passing Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue. He exited at Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and came to a stop, CHP officials said."
The story cites a CHP report saying Odom showed "objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated."
The report adds: "Odom was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs."
Odom has been the subject of recent speculation in the media that he is dealing with a drug problem. Reports surfaced last weekend that Odom went missing following a fight with his wife, the story notes.
"His agent told ESPN that the basketball player was ‘not missing,’ and a source told the outlet that Odom was at a Los Angeles hotel as friends tried to help him with a drug problem," the Times report adds.