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Kobe Bryant Slams ‘Insensitive’ Lamar Odom Comments

Bryant's statement comes after Master P called his concern for Odom 'phony.'

Kobe Bryant is firing back at critics who have questioned the sincerity of his support for Lamar Odom, his former teammate who’s currently fighting for his life after an apparent drug overdose.

The Los Angeles Lakers star tweeted a statement on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 15), saying, “When WE feel the need to question the support of others in moments as critical as a life hanging in the balance, then we must question the kind of culture we have created that has led US to such insensitive suspicion.”

While Bryant doesn’t specifically mention any names, his statement comes just hours after Master P said Bryant’s concern for Odom is “phony.” In a video posted by TMZ, the hip-hop mogul said he knew Odom wanted to return to the NBA, and he thinks Bryant could’ve made that happen.

“All [Odom] wanted to do was play basketball. If Kobe was his friend, Kobe like, owned the team. He could’ve got the man back on the team. That’s all he wanted,” Master P said. “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.”

Master P also called the Kardashians’ concern for Odom disingenuous, and added that he thinks the NBA “blackballed” Odom after he appeared on reality TV.

Odom was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel on Tuesday night and was transported to a Las Vegas hospital, where he remains on life support. After Bryant heard about Odom’s condition, he reportedly left a preseason game in Vegas to be at Odom’s side. The two athletes played together on the Lakers for seven seasons, during which they won two back-to-back championships.

Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, also posted his support for Odom on Wednesday with a throwback pic and a heartfelt message: “Prayers going out to @lamarodom and his family. Praying he gets through this. #LakerFam At the end of the day, he has a family and loved ones that care for him.”

Many of the league’s athletes and affiliates have also sent their well wishes for Odom’s recovery since Tuesday, including LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.