In 2004, one of Lamar Odom‘s biggest dreams came true.
The former NBA all-star was offered a spot on the Olympic team, which was “one of the biggest honors in my career,” Odom wrote in his new memoir, “Darkness to Light.”
He went on to state, “the joy of being named to the twelve-man roster quickly turned to anxiety when Olympic officials informed me that I would have to pass a drug test before officially joining the team.”
Odom received a “call from USA Basketball that a drug tester would be coming to my house in a few days to administer the screening,” he writes. “There was absolutely no way I was going to pass. I’d been smoking weed every day that summer. Panic set in.”
Odom was using drugs heavy around that time and knew for a fact that he would fail a drug test, but he had an idea. So, to stop from being disqualified from competing at the Olympics in Athens, Greece, Odom “started googling ‘fake penises’ and studied different ways to beat a drug test,” he writes. “After an exhaustive search we ordered a giant, rubber, black c— to arrive the next day.”
Once the official tester arrived at his house, he recruited his drug-free trainer “to urinate into the reservoir of the phallus, which was hidden in the balls,” he writes.
“He handed me the rubber penis and left the bathroom as I strapped it on,” Odom writes about his trainer.
The security official entered the bathroom and stood two feet away while Odom squeezed out his trainer’s pee from the prosthetic.
“I unzipped my pants and carefully slid the fake penis through the zipper hole. To get the pee to come out of the tip, I had to squeeze the shaft repeatedly,” Odom writes.
Odom says he “was paranoid it wouldn’t work,” but everything went according to plan and he passed the test.
“He stuck a thermometer in the cup to gauge the temperature … satisfied that the pee was mine, said ‘Welcome to Team USA,’ ” Odom writes.
Darkness to Light is out May 28th.