Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian (WireImage)
Earlier this week reports circulated that Cathy's Kids, a foundation Lamar Odom started in 2004 after losing his mother to stomach cancer, has given no money to cancer research, which was one of the causes listed in the charity's mission statement.
"It is unfortunate that my husband has been the target of an attack on athletes’ charities, although he has personally contributed approximately $2.2 million to his foundation, Cathy’s Kids, to fulfill its charitable purposes that include helping underprivileged inner-city youth," Kardashian posted in a statement on her blog.
During ESPN's investigation of athletes' charities, it found eight years of tax records that allegedly show Cathy's Kids "primarily existed to finance two elite youth basketball travel teams. Of the $2.2 million raised by the charity, at least 60 percent -- $1.3 million -- went to those AAU teams."
"All of the funds donated by Lamar and the other contributions to Cathy’s Kids were used for one of the foundation’s intended charitable purposes," Kardashian wrote in defense of her husband. "Not one penny went to help Lamar personally or any member of his family. No charitable funds were misused, and the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy’s Kids a clean bill of health, confirming that there were no improprieties."
However, the 28-year-old "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star does state that the funds raised were not primarily used for cancer research.
"Cathy’s Kids was formed with several purposes in mind, including benefitting underprivileged youth and cancer research," Kardashian elaborated. "A decision was ultimately made that the charity should focus on one of those purposes — to help enrich the lives of underprivileged inner-city youth. It accomplished that goal."
"Cathy’s Kids helped fund multiple AAU basketball teams providing underprivileged youth with opportunities enriching their lives, providing financial support for coaching and travel to tournaments, helping inner-city youth on a path toward success and leading many participants to go on to college."
This isn't the only legal news Khloe Kardashian has found herself involved in this week.
Chantal Spears -- the transgender woman who sued Kardashian in December stemming from an alleged assault and battery claim from 2009 -- wrote a letter to Kardashian's legal team stating she would drop all charges for $150,000.
Sound fishy to you? It does to Khloe, too. Her council was just granted a motion for a mental examination of the defendant.
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