Lamar Odom breaks silence, defends Kardashians via Twitter

NBA player Lamar Odom attends the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala for "Benji" during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012, in New York.
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Lamar Odom is breaking his silence with his first post on Twitter since the NBA star was arrested and charged with driving under the influence last month, amid reports of drug abuse, infidelity and trouble in his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.

Odom, 33, tweeted "Seeing the snakes" on Tuesday night in his first post since his Aug. 30 arrest.

He followed with an extended tweet from his verified account that referenced his estranged father, Joe Odom, who blamed the Kardashians for his son's recent troubles in an interview with Radar Online.

"Won't continue 2 speak on this but I have got 2 let this out real quick. I have let this man and many others get away with a lot of (expletive). He wasn't there 2 raise me. He was absent ALL of my life due to his own demons. My mother and grandmother raised me. Queens raised me," Odom wrote.

He went on to credit his wife's family for being "the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time."

He added, "Only person 2 blame is myself. Say what you want about me but leave the ones who have done nothing but protect and love me out of this! This goes out to everyone!"

Odom has been mostly silent on Twitter for nearly three months, although on July 12 he tweeted in part, "Wifey is real," a reference to Kardashian.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Odom checked into a rehab center, but left a day later.

Odom, who played for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, is a free agent. He has yet to sign with a team. NBA training camps open next week.