Lamar Odom plea deal results in three years’ probation

December 10, 2013

Lamar Odom’s next stop: the NBA? (Brandon Wade / AP)

Lamar Odom resolved one part of his troubled personal life, agreeing to a plea deal in connection with his arrest last summer on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Odom, who had entered a not-guilty plea in October, agreed to plead no contest to the DUI charge in exchange for three years’ probation and completion of an alcohol education class by June 9, according to multiple reports. An attorney entered the plea on his behalf Monday in Los Angeles and he also was fined $1,814. Odom was stopped Aug. 30 when he was spotted driving in a “serpentine manner” by police on the 101 Freeway. With authorities in pursuit, he had passed three exits before pulling over.

Odom refused chemical tests, which results in the suspension of a driver’s license for a year under state law, and a separate hearing has been set to adjudicate that issue.

An NBA free agent, Odom had drawn interest from both Los Angeles teams last month, but remains unsigned. The Clippers would have to cut someone in order to sign him. The Lakers do have an open roster spot, but the Los Angeles Times reports that the team is concerned about his well-being. As for another aspect of his personal life, Odom’s marriage to Khloe Kardashian remains unresolved.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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