Allen Iverson denied an accusation by his ex-wife that he has abducted their five children and is holding them in an Atlanta hotel room.
Later Monday, Iverson denied Tawanna Iverson’s accusation, which was filed in court Monday, when when an Atlanta TV reporter found him at the hotel mentioned in the filing. Iverson, 38, and his children were walking to his Maybach when the reporter approached them. (The children are deliberately not shown.)
“They say I stole my kids? That’s what they say?” Iverson told Jeff Hullinger, who offered to show him the court papers. “…If that’s what you believe and people think I’m crazy enough to do, then so be it.”
The kids are reportedly back in mom’s custody, and now it seems a good as time as any to offer a simply prayer: Please, God, make Allen Iverson’s seemingly endless cycle of self-destruction end. It’s just too painful to watch.
It’s been a couple months since Allen Iverson popped up on our radar. Welcome back, man. Iverson’s ex-wife Tawanna says she granted him permission to take their five kids on a five-day vacation in Charlotte, NC in late May. It’s June 17th, they’re still missing, and now she’s filing suit. (Tawanna thinks he’s got them holed up in a Georgia hotel.) TMZ, in addition to breaking the story, tosses in this immortal sentence, nonchalantly: “Tawanna claims she’s especially concerned because Allen’s an alcoholic who drinks around their kids.”
Iverson kept living as if another contract was imminent, and Tawanna struggled to curb his spending. According to a bank statement submitted in the divorce, the couple’s checking account was overdrawn by more than $23,000 in July 2011. In a single day, $23,255.36 was deducted – at a diamond store, a hat shop, a steakhouse and a hotel.
Tawanna testified that her checks bounced that month when she paid for housing and electricity. She sold jewelry and Tiaura’s car to pay for household expenses, including school clothes and supplies.
Before their home in Denver was foreclosed, Tawanna testified, she sold more jewelry at a pawn shop to pay toward debt. Iverson owed thousands to a Georgia home builder, was hit with tax liens, and his wages were garnished to settle a nearly $860,000 balance with a jeweler.
One bright side: Under the terms of an old endorsement deal, Iverson has $30 million in a trust fund waiting for him when he turns 55. Assuming he survives that long—or hasn’t gone, you know, $30 million in debt by then—he’ll probably end up ok, unlike most people you know who willfully keep making bad decisions. Even at his worst moments, it seems, Iverson is living a semi-charmed kind of life.
Andrew Bynum isn’t coming back this year. Nor are the Sixers making the playoffs. There’s nothing left to play for except the draft lottery, and that means not playing well at all. So to sell tickets, it appears the Sixers are making a last-ditch effort to appeal to their fans’ predilection for nostagia and feel-good family affairs.
1. Damien Wilkins, nephew of the great ‘Nique, became a starter.
The team will also honor AI with a video tribute. From the team’s perspective, this is a nice opportunity to honor the former face of their franchise, and generate some buzz in an otherwise depressing season. But AI? I think this is all part of the plan to get himself back in a Sixers uniform.
Allen Iverson’s grip on Philadelphia, already weak, is slipping further by the day.
Former 76ers basketball star Allen Iverson‘s former house at Monk Road [in Gladwyne] is known as the location where he hid out in 2002 after allegedly forcing his way into a West Philadelphia apartment and threatening two men with a handgun. (He was said to be searching for his wife.)
See Curbed Philly for pics. His other home, on Chateau Lane in Villanova, is also on the market for $2.9 million. [Curbed]
Forget about finding this man a team. Find this man a place to live! After his bank bought bank his foreclosed Georgia mansion for $2.5 million, Allen Iverson is without a home. (Iverson had allegedly defaulted.) Or at least one of them. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If he’s not welcome back at the Wells Fargo Center, there’s always a booth for him at the T.G.I. Friday’s Istanbul! [TMZ]
In finalizing the divorce between Allen Iverson and his ex-wife Tawanna, an Atlanta judge had this to say about the wannabe-once-again Sixer:
[Iverson] does not know how to manage the children; has little interest in learning to manage the children and has actually, at times, been a hindrance to their spiritual and emotional growth and development.
For example, he has refused to attend to an obvious and serious alcohol problem, which has caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired.
He has left the children alone without supervision. He has left his young daughters in a hotel room with men who are unknown to the mother.
Needless to say, Tawanna got custody of their five children. Iverson can’t visit them unless he doesn’t touch a drop of alcohol for 18 months, and has been ordered to go to AA. He also must see a psychiatrist. It’s too bad for doctor-patient confidentiality agreements, because that would make for a seriously great TV show. [TMZ]
Yesterday, my colleague Joel Mathis reported that Allen Iverson was shopping himself to the NBA, where he hasn’t played since 2010. (But NOT the D-League, OK?) Today, A.I.’s manager Gary Moore was back in Philly, meeting with Sixers owner Josh Harris and CEO Adam Aron about “reconnecting with the Sixers.” Because I can’t imagine anything better for the physical and spiritual rehabilitation of a certain Andrew Bynum, than pairing him with an another pouty loner prima donna. Who happens to be well past his prime and may only be doing this to make back the cash he lost in his recent divorce settlement.
OK, OK, says Moore, throwing up his hands in concession. Even if A.I. doesn’t actually play for the Sixers again, how about bringing him back as “a consultant to them, to help them do certain things.” Like how to order potato skins in Turkish. [AP]
Though he’s apparently rejecting a D-League offer from Dallas, former Sixers great Allen Iverson—last seen settling a costly divorce—is letting the public know two things: He realizes he’s made a lot of mistakes. And he wants one last chance.
Here are some of the Tweets he sent out Tuesday morning:
I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.