While covering Lamar Odom’s tragic hospitalization, CNN accidentally showed a photo of NBA player LaMarcus Aldridge instead of Lamar. Twitter was quick to call out the news network for their big mistake!
Next time, double check, CNN. The network was covering Lamar Odom’s hospitalization, but mistakenly broadcast a photo of San Antonio Spurs player LaMarcus Aldridge, 30, to the world while referring to Lamar, 35. Fans of both Lamar and LaMarcus noticed the huge error and slammed CNN on Twitter! To hear more about Lamar Odom, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!
The mistake happened on Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield on Oct. 15. While updating viewers on Lamar’s condition and telling everyone that Khloe Kardashian, 31, was making major medical decisions for Lamar, the screen behind the anchor and show guests featured the photo of LaMarcus.
While Lamar and LaMarcus do have similar sounding names, CNN probably should have double-checked before showing that picture, especially considering the tragic situation at hand.
I hate that CNN used a pic of LaMarcus Aldridge when they were covering the Lamar Odom story 😒
— brownskinBOO♌️ (@GabbyDaTrifecta) October 16, 2015
CNN really put up a pic of Lamarcus Aldridge when talking about Lamar Odom -____-
— Philmon Yosief (@philetmignon_) October 16, 2015
— King Ace (@FreshKingAce) October 16, 2015
But that’s Lamarcus Aldridge. Come on CNN. pic.twitter.com/dPEfT45jRz
— Max McGee (@McGee_Max) October 16, 2015
*CNN intern searches Lamar Odom* *CNN editor OKs the picture* *CNN audience realizes it’s Lamarcus Aldridge* pic.twitter.com/UvrrltdqIZ
— Nick Villanueva (@NAVillann) October 15, 2015
— TJ Fronius (@TJFronius) October 15, 2015
Lamar remains in critical condition after being found unconscious at the Love Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, on Oct. 13. He has reportedly shown “absolutely no improvement” since he was admitted. He allegedly overdosed on a number of drugs while at the Love Ranch.
Khloe has been by Lamar’s side since his hospitalization. HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY that she has been sleeping on the floor by his bed. Her “entire being is now dedicated to Lamar,” a source told us. Look back on Khloe and Lamar’s happier times here.
Our thoughts remain with Lamar’s family and friends during this time.
— Avery Thompson