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Lamar Odom reportedly anguished over reputation, downfall weeks before collapse at brothel

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LAS VEGAS —  Lamar Odom lashed out about the media, his anguish over his reputation, and his relationship with estranged wife Khloe Kardashian in remarks videotaped in August by celebrity website TMZ before his recent health crisis, the AP reports.

Odom was found unconscious Tuesday at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles from Las Vegas. Kardashian has been by his side at a Las Vegas hospital. He is currently unresponsive and officials haven’t said what was wrong with Odom, and his condition remains unclear.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Lamar Odom is on life support but that his doctors think he’s improving. Nye County, Nevada, Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said investigators sought a warrant to obtain a blood sample to determine if Lamar Odom suffered a drug or alcohol overdose.

An online video posted in August shows a visibly irritated Odom saying: “Ya’ll have discredited me, beat me down, took my confidence, took everything away from me. You will not do it again.”

He slams a media report that he ambushed Kardashian outside a California gym, saying he lives in Las Vegas now.

The former NBA star and reality TV personality also railed against reports that he’s a womanizer and drug addict and touted his accomplishments on the basketball court.

“I probably couldn’t even get (expletive) hired by Home Depot right now because of how people look at me,” he says. “It’s over.”

Jackson visited the former NBA star and reality TV personality at a Las Vegas hospital Wednesday morning. He says Odom was unresponsive Tuesday but “has some responsiveness now.”

Jackson added: “Apparently from what the doctor said, he was much better off today than yesterday.”

Jackson was in town for Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate. He stopped and spoke to the media as he was leaving the hospital Wednesday.

He says Khloe Kardashian and some of Odom’s childhood friends were by Odom’s side, and former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant visited him last night.

Wehrly said detectives worked until early Wednesday collecting evidence and interviewing employees at the brothel where the former NBA player and reality show star was found unconscious. She said she couldn’t immediately say what they believe caused Odom to become unconscious.

But she acknowledged that medics usually turn someone on their side, as Odom was, to relieve pressure on the chest and help them breathe.

The sheriff didn’t say whether Odom ever regained consciousness while he was stabilized and taken to hospitals.

Brothel owner Dennis Hof said Odom arrived alone, was “polite and reserved,” drank alcohol from the bar and took herbal sexual enhancement capsules.

Hof said Odom didn’t use drugs in the presence of anyone in the house.

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