Master P took to Facebook to clarify his statements that Kobe Bryant is “fake” and “phony” for visiting Lamar Odom in the hospital. Lamar’s heart function is improving according to doctors, per TMZ.

Master P says he has not visited Odom, who remains hospitalized in Nevada.

“If you’re real with someone, you keep it real through the good and bad times,” the rapper says in a statement titled “MASTER P SAYS THE TRUTH HURTS”. “I understand first hand from dealing with my own brother that was living recklessly, I had to show him tough love but I’d never cut him off because we’re blood. I’m not pointing the finger at anyone, Lamar’s unfortunate situation is a result of his own decisions and actions. I can relate to D.L. Hugley’s statement on dealing with family members with addictions, it’s draining. I’m not a phony, I can admit that I stopped dealing with Lamar years ago for those same reasons. Even though I’ve known Lamar for over 15 years, it wasn’t like we were the best of friends. I tried to mentor him and give him advice but he is a grown man and made his own decisions. You can’t help anyone that don’t want any help and I get that, that ‘s life. So that’s why I stopped dealing with Lamar, it’s not like we’re blood related where I would have to put up with his reckless behavior. I’m sure Lamar has many people in his life such as family members, friends, colleagues, teammates, significant others who have stopped dealing with him but I’m just not afraid to openly admit it, due to his unfortunate medical situation. I can also admit that me and my family are far from perfect, we have situations we’re dealing with. My prayers are going out to Lamar and his family. I pray that he comes out of this, he may have a rocky past but overall he’s a good brother. And the only reason I’m not running to the hospital to visit him, I’m not looking for publicity, I don’t need it. Only when I was asked, I stated my opinion on what I knew about this man from the times I was around him. Lamar complained about how everybody turned their backs on him, even his nba buddies. But then people blew my opinion out of proportion. I understand that Kobe is one of the greatest basketball players in the world and people are going to side with him. I have nothing against Kobe or the Lakers. I have nothing to hide and I’m willing to speak face to face with anybody, with Kobe or Kardashians about the conversations that Lamar and I have had concerning him trying to get his life back together and getting back into the league. I’m not about entertaining no mess and I’m only speaking on this because I knew this brother. I hope that if ever I was in a similar situation where I couldn’t speak for myself, that somebody would keep it 100 for me. The truth hurts, even in Hollywood. My condolences to the people that really love him. And I am not trying to question the support of others that are truly grieving, this is a critical, life and death situation. This is only my opinion, it’s just sad that last month no one had anything positive to say about Lamar.. and that’s what I meant by being phony.”

(This article was last updated on October 15, 2015 and is as follows.)

Kobe Bryant has seemingly responded to criticism he has received for his treatment of former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Lamar Odom.

The shooting guard posted on Twitter about helping those in need.

“#Justpray,” Bryant writes. “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.”

Master P called Bryant “fake” for visiting Odom in the hospital.

(This story was originally published on October 15, 2015 at 11:45 am PST and is as follows.)

Master P, who considered himself “a mentor” to former Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom, offered criticism to those who have found themselves at the athlete’s bedside after he was hospitalized this week.

The No Limit Records founder spoke on there being a surplus of “fake and phony people” surrounding Odom, after he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel.

“The truth of the matter is there’s so many fake and phony people out here now,” Master P said while speaking with TMZ. “It goes to show when something happens to ya. Everybody’s his friend, everybody love ‘em. But was that true? I don’t think so. That’s like my wife and her lawyer sitting by my bedside if something happened to me. It ain’t real.”

After making his initial comments, Master P was asked if he was referring to Odom’s ex, Khloe Kardashian. He then revealed that he was speaking on Odom’s former teammate, Kobe Bryant.

According to Master P, Bryant had the ability to get Odom back on the team, and should have made an effort to if he considered the former Lakers player his friend. He went on to state that Odom could have been on the Lakers roster this year.

“I’m talking about Kobe,” he said. “I’m talking about—All this man wanted to do was play basketball. Kobe was his friend. Kobe like owned the team. He could have got the man back on the team. That’s all he wanted. 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.”

When specifically asked if Kobe Bryant and the Kardashian family visiting Odom was for publicity, Master P responded by saying, “It look like it.”

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