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In an expose on athletes’ charitable causes, ESPN has uncovered that many of these charities are not sending donations to where they should be. This includes Cathy’s Kids, a charity established by Lamar Odom and was supported by his wife, reality star Khloe Kardashian.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines cited several examples of athletes’ charities that are not sending their donations to their causes. In Odom’s case, Cathy’s Kids hasn’t given a cent to any cancer causes in eight years since it was founded.
However, as TMZ notes, the tax records ESPN obtained show that the charity raised $2.2 million. Of that, $1.6 million did go to a cause - but not for charity. The money went to youth basketball teams made up of kids who were already being considered for college scholarships. ESPN found no records showing where the other $900,000 went.
The charity did pay Jerry DeGregorio, who was the best man at Odom and Kardashian’s wedding. He is now an executive with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. As a secretary for Cathy’s Kids, he made $72,000 from 2004 to 2011. The 2011 tax returns also show that the charity is $256,000 in debt.
Odom was interviewed in ESPN’s segment after a game, saying that the money was his, although a website was set up to get donations. Kardashian’s site also promoted the charity.
In total, the Outside the Lines report found that 115 charities set by athletes were not what they were advertized to be. Randy Moss’ charity listed phone numbers for a Canadian private home, while Alex Rodriguez’s two foundations have left $300,000 unaccounted for.