Is reality TV bad for the image of Lamar Odom?

Sun, Apr 24
Khloe/LamarAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesLamar Odom gives a kiss to Khloe Kardashian at the ceremony for the Sixth Man of the Year Award.

For some folks, image is everything. I don't give it much thought other than hoping the food stains on my shirt are not that noticeable. But image matters to a lot of you, whether it should or not.

Take Khloe Kardashian's husband. He's lucky enough to be on a reality TV show as Mr. Kardashian but apparently wonders whether it is bad for his image. All he should remember is that he needs to be on the show's set when Khloe needs him there -- and ditch those silly shorts he likes to wear.

Then there's Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake, who was arrested for allegedly stealing $59.88 worth of T-shirts from a Macy's. Surely the Reds pay better than that? Probably just a misunderstanding and, of course, he can count on his teammates for support. Teammates such as Brandon Phillips who, after Leake picked up a victory, said: "It feels good for him to steal a win like that."

But our favorite misunderstood celebrity of the week is Harvey "Tree Killer" Updyke -- the man who made himself infamous by bragging on a radio show that he poisoned the tress at Toomer's Corner on the Auburn campus. Updyke returned to that show recently and said: "I don't want my legacy to be the Auburn tree-poisoner."

Just what other legacy did you have in mind, Harvey?

You made your image, so live with it. You're still getting off better than those trees.

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