Master P, who considered himself “a mentor” to former Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom, offered criticism to those who have found themselves at the athlete’s bedside after he was hospitalized this week.
The No Limit Records founder spoke on there being a surplus of “fake and phony people” surrounding Odom, after he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel.
“The truth of the matter is there’s so many fake and phony people out here now,” Master P said while speaking with TMZ. “It goes to show when something happens to ya. Everybody’s his friend, everybody love ‘em. But was that true? I don’t think so. That’s like my wife and her lawyer sitting by my bedside if something happened to me. It ain’t real.”
After making his initial comments, Master P was asked if he was referring to Odom’s ex, Khloe Kardashian. He then revealed that he was speaking on Odom’s former teammate, Kobe Bryant.
According to Master P, Bryant had the ability to get Odom back on the team, and should have made an effort to if he considered the former Lakers player his friend. He went on to state that Odom could have been on the Lakers roster this year.
“I’m talking about Kobe,” he said. “I’m talking about—All this man wanted to do was play basketball. Kobe was his friend. Kobe like owned the team. He could have got the man back on the team. That’s all he wanted. And even on that situation, I think he was just searching for love. If you look at it, his biggest problem was where the people at who he showed love to? Cause he had a big heart…They should’ve been there. If you loved him.”
When specifically asked if Kobe Bryant and the Kardashian family visiting Odom was for publicity, Master P responded by saying, “It look like it.”