Khloe and Lamar deny stealing from the sick babies!
Via TMZ reports:
Khloe Kardashian is finally coming to her husband’s defense — claiming Lamar Odom is not the shady charity scammer he was made out to be in an ESPN report.
Mrs. Odom lashed out in a statement posted on her website … saying, “It is unfortunate that my husband has been the target of an attack on athletes’ charities, although he has personally contributed approximately $2.2 million to his foundation, Cathy’s Kids, to fulfill its charitable purposes that include helping underprivileged inner-city youth.”
Khloe is clearly going after an “Outside the Lines” report that said there was NO evidence that any of the $2.2 million raised by the charity went towards cancer research, as the mission statement for the charity said it would. Instead, the report says a majority of the cash went towards two “elite” youth basketball teams.
During the “OTL” report, Lamar bizarrely explained, “It’s my money” … and now Khloe is trying to clear up Odom’s comment … saying her husband personally contributed “more than 90% of the money raised by the foundation.”
She adds, “All of the funds donated by Lamar and the other contributions to Cathy’s Kids were used for one of the foundation’s intended charitable purposes. Not one penny went to help Lamar personally or any member of his family. No charitable funds were misused, and the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy’s Kids a clean bill of health, confirming that there were no improprieties.”
“Cathy’s Kids was formed with several purposes in mind, including benefitting underprivileged youth and cancer research. A decision was ultimately made that the charity should focus on one of those purposes — to help enrich the lives of underprivileged inner-city youth.”
“It accomplished that goal. Cathy’s Kids helped fund multiple AAU basketball teams providing underprivileged youth with opportunities enriching their lives, providing financial support for coaching and travel to tournaments, helping inner-city youth on a path toward success and leading many participants to go on to college.”
Kardashians scammers, eh? Who’d a thunk it?
Lamar Odom’s charity, Cathy’s Kids, never donated a single dollar to the AAU basketball program … despite L.O.’s claims … at least that’s what the president of the Amateur Athletic Union tells TMZ.
We spoke to Henry Forrest … who tells us, “Cathy’s Kids has never donated to us. They have never, ever contributed to us. On Sunday morning it was mentioned that Cathy’s Kids has contributed to AAU Basketball teams … that is an incorrect statement.”
Forrest is responding to the “Outside the Lines” report, in which ESPN showed documents seemingly proving $1.3 million of the $2.2 raised by the charity was donated to “AAU team sponsorship.”
When asked about the specific programs Cathy’s Kids helps to support, Odom told the reporter, “A lot through AAU basketball in my neighborhood where I come from in South Jamaica, Queens.”
But Forrest tells TMZ it’s simply not true — though he does say it’s possible Odom used the money to finance an independent local team that was allowed to participate in AAU events.
“It is possible that Cathy’s Kids sponsored [an independent] team that registered to play in an AAU event. But teams like this only register to play in our events, they are not affiliated with AAU.”
Forrest explains, “AAU doesn’t have anything to do with local organizations that put together independent teams. We don’t manage those teams or deal with those local teams put together. They only register to play.”