When I watched Allen Iverson play I often would stop and wonder, “How did he just do that?” As Sixers fans we all wished we could do what Allen Iverson did on the court. But in 2013 it appears the scripts have flipped, and Iverson wishes he knew how to successfully live a normal life, like his fans who he once put in a trance with his crossover.
Sunday night the Washington Post tweeted out an article, talking about how much Iverson was struggling with his personal life. I clicked on it, not expecting to read anything different about how far Iverson had fallen than I already had, but I was shocked by what I read.
The article talked about how Iverson’s life is essentially a mess, and how Iverson acted like he would always be an NBA superstar. He spent like he would always be on top, and now he has nothing left, on top of getting a divorce and having an alcohol addiction.
The article also chronicles how “The Answer”, once blewthrough 23K in one day. One line from the article really drove home how far the former MVP has fallen.
Iverson stood during a divorce proceeding in Atlanta in 2012 and pulled out his pants pockets. “I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger,” he shouted toward his estranged wife, Tawanna, who then handed him $61.
The article features great quotes from Larry Brown, Aaron McKie, Pat Croce, and others and is a sad but great read. Check out the full article here.
One thing is for sure, Philly will always have a soft spot for A.I., even knowing all his shortcomings. And as a fan it was disturbing to have to read this article. A.I. provided me with some of my best childhood memories, and to see him struggling this much is sad.