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    This ESPN Anchor Called Out What Was Wrong With Labeling Lamar Odom A "Reality Star"

    "His name is Lamar Odom."

    Last night on SportsCenter, ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt criticized the media's coverage of the recent hospitalization of NBA free agent Lamar Odom.

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    Van Pelt started the segment with a tweet from rapper Bun B that featured a screenshot from Nancy Grace branding Lamar Odom as a "reality star."

    Word? A Kardashian reality star? Fuck his NBA career right Nancy Grace? He has a goddamn name. Lamar Odom. Vultures

    He then went on to call out various media outlets for portraying Odom as a reality star from Keeping Up With the Kardashians as opposed to an accomplished NBA player.

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    He said, in part:

    "Kardashian reality star?" No, no, no, no. Lamar Odom, unlike those for whom fame is oxygen, whose fame comes in the absence of accomplishment, his fame was earned:

    As Sixth Man of the Year.

    As a multiple NBA champion.

    As the result of his significant role with the Los Angeles Lakers teams and being a beloved NBA teammate and peer.

    Aside from being the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2011 and two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Odom is also an Olympic bronze medalist and was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team in 2000.

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    Van Pelt ended the segment with a personal take.

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