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Lamar Odom Suing Liza Morales, Mother of His Two Children

Nov 14, 2010 – 4:24 PM
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Lakers forward Lamar Odom is filing a lawsuit against Liza Morales, the mother of his two children whom he has allegedly ignored for years, the New York Post reported Sunday.

He is hoping that the judge will make a "parental access schedule" and set "reasonable child support" for his daughter, Destiny, 12, and son, L.J., 9, who live with their mom in Manhattan.

Morales is shocked at the lawsuit, saying she has had to plead with Odom for years to be a father to their two children.

"Lamar basically checked out as a father four years ago," she told the Post. "They (Destiny and L.J.) haven't had quality time in a long time."

Odom's Nov. 5 Manhattan Supreme Court petition comes as he and wife Khloe Kardashian, 26, publicly gush about potential names for their unborn children.

The two are reportedly prepping to star in their own reality show, which will be a spin off of the E! series "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," a show in which Odom himself has already appeared.

Morales, however, has no intention of letting her children star in the show. "It has come up, and I told them no," she said. "I'm trying to raise my kids with old-school values." Odom's Manhattan Supreme Court petition represents another sad moment in a relationship filled with them. In 2006, the couple experienced the death of their 6-month-old son, Jayden, who died of sudden infant death syndrome.

"When we lost our son, he (Odom) was nowhere to be found," Morales said. "I always had to be the one to ask him, 'Lamar, do you want the kids?' "

Morales claims that despite Odom's numerous trips to New York City, he has yet to make any sort of effort to see the two children.

"This whole going to the court thing -- people, my neighbors -- I don't want them to think this is the kind of mother I am, that he has to go to court for visitation," Morales said. "It's just really shocking, because Lamar knows the truth."

Odom, 31, signed a 4-year, $33 million contract extension in 2009 with the two-time defending champion Lakers, and was a gold medalist for Team USA this past summer at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
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