If you’ve ever questioned the wisdom of insuring your camera gear, witness the methodical fury of basketball star and Kardashian spouse Lamar Odom wrecking a photographer’s equipment.
Odom first tried deflecting the questions with iron-clad logic — “I would never cheat on my wife, that’s why I wear my wedding ring.” — then asked photographers to put down their cameras and “let me talk to you man-to-man.”
When that didn’t work, Odom got out of his car and launched into the slowest, calmest form of a smackdown you’ve ever seen.
Video and still images show the b-baller grabbing cameras, lenses and other gear (like a large wheeled camera gear case) from a photographer’s car, throwing them in street, smacking another car with a piece of metal pipe and then throwing some of the gear in the trunk of his car before finally tossing it back in the street.
Response from photographer: “I was a big fan, but now I’m not.” And: “Blame it on Radar Online; don’t blame it on me.”
But the surreal highlight comes near the end, as Odom calmly and obligingly poses with a fan who wants to snap a selfie on her smartphone.
One photographer says he filed a police report for vandalism, but that’s it for any official response so far.
Unofficially, Kardashian explains on her Twitter feed that it’s all the photogs’ fault: “wow can’t believe a paparazzi snuck into our gated area and violated our private property!!!!”
Update: The Los Angeles Times reports that Odom is currently being investigated for battery and grand theft in the aftermath of this incident.
Image credits: Video and still frame by Graeme Massie/Splash News/TMZ