Posted on: November 27, 2009 1:04 am

Allen Iverson What Went Wrong

Allen Iverson Where It All Went Wrong The High School Years On February 14, 1993, Iverson and some of his friends became involved in an argument with a group of teenagers at the Circle Lanes bowling alley in Hampton, Virginia. Iverson’s mob was rasping and had to be asked to calm down several times, and ultimately a shouting match began with other kids. A huge fight erupted, pitting the youth crowd against the Iverson’s crowd. In the fight, Iverson allegedly struck young women in the head with a chair. He, along with three of his friends, was the only people arrested. Iverson, who was 17 at the time, was convicted as an adult of the felony charge of maiming by mob, a Virginia statute that was designed to combat lynching. Iverson maintained his innocence; he claimed that he left the alley as soon as the trouble started. Iverson statement, “For me to be in a bowling alley where everybody in the whole place know who I am and be cracking’ people upside the head with chairs and think nothing’ going to happen? That’s crazy! (Kind Of Like Its Crazy If We Talk About Practice) And what kind of a man would I be to hit a girl in the head with a damn chair? I rather have ‘em say I hit a man with a chair, not no damn woman.” After Iverson spent four months at Newport News City Farm, a correctional facility in Newport News, Virginia, he was granted clemency by Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder, Georgetown Years In spring 1994, Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson visited Iverson at Hampton's Bethel High School. Iverson said of Thompson, "Coach was like a father figure to me, right off hand...it just clicked... Ninety percent of having a relationship with him is things that occur off-court. He helped me through last year. I didn't want to come here and just do anything. Any problems that I have, I can go to him and he'll sit down and listen. It is a lot more than player-coach between us. I don't think I could have made it through last year without him.] Thompson said of Iverson, "He did all I expected him to do last year. When he didn't, we sat down and talked. At Georgetown, Iverson won two Big East Defensive Player of the Year awards, All Rookie Tournament 1st Team, and a gold medal for his win at the World University Games in Japan in 1995. Iverson led all USA players in scoring and assists, averaging 16.7 points per game and 6.1 assists per game. He ended his college career as the Hoyas' all-time leader in career scoring average, at 23.0 ppg. The Controversy 1993: This incident was profiled on the television news magazine 60 Minutes due to claims of racial bias in the adjudication of the case. L. Douglas Wilder. 1997: Iverson, with his friends, was pulled over by the police for speeding late at night and was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and for possession of marijuana. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to community service. 2002: Iverson allegedly threw his wife Tawanna out of their mansion during a fight. The following night, an enraged Iverson later went looking for his wife at his cousin's apartment. 2004: During the latter part of the 2003–2004 season, Iverson bristled under the disciplinarian approach of the Sixers' new head coach Chris Ford. This led to a number of contentious incidents, including Iverson being suspended for missing practice, fined for failing to notify Ford that Iverson would not attend a game because he was sick, and refusing to play in game because he felt "insulted" that Ford wanted Iverson to come off the bench as he worked his way back from an injury. On February 24, 2004, Iverson, a noted regular casino patron, was spotted in Atlantic City urinating in a trash can in full view of staff and patrons. He was told by casino management not to return. 2004 United States Olympic team Jacksonville, Florida meet for its first exhibition game, Iverson was late. He was suspended for the game. 2005: On December 9, 2005 after the Sixers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, Iverson paid a late-night visit to the Trump Taj Mahal. After winning a hand at a three-card-stud poker table, Iverson was overpaid $10,000 in chips by a dealer. When the dealer quickly realized the mistake and requested the chips back, Iverson refused and a heated head-turning argument between him and casino staff began. Also in 2005, Iverson's bodyguard Jason Kane was accused of assaulting a man at a Washington DC nightclub after the man, Marlin Godfrey, refused to leave the club's VIP section so Iverson's entourage could enter. Godfrey suffered a concussion, a ruptured eardrum, a burst blood vessel in his eye, a torn rotator cuff, cuts and bruises, and emotional injuries. Although Iverson did not touch Godfrey himself, Godfrey sued Iverson for the injuries caused by his bodyguard. In 2007 a jury awarded Godfrey $260,000. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the verdict in 2009. NBA Dress Code: In 2005, NBA commissioner David Stern banned what critics and supporters call "hip-hop culture"-related attire such as Mitchell & Ness brand throwback jerseys, baggy jeans, crooked baseball caps, do-rags, knee-length t-shirts, large items of jewelry, and Timberland boots. Punishment for violations would include fines and possible suspensions for repeat violations. Iverson harshly criticized Stern's dress code, saying that it "would not change a person's character regardless of what type of clothing they wore", and that "associating hip-hop styles of dress with violent crime, drugs, or a bad image is racist." Iverson also said that the advertising of many prominent NBA sponsors, such as Nike, Reebok, Puma and Adidas were heavily influenced by hip-hop culture. 2007: Iverson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing referee Steve Javie following a game between the Nuggets and Iverson's former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, played January 2, 2007. During the course of the game, Iverson committed two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. After the game, Iverson said, "I thought I got fouled on that play, and I said I thought that he was calling the game personal I should have known that I couldn't say anything anyway. It's been something personal with me and him since I got in the league. This was just the perfect game for him to try and make me look bad." Allen Iverson you gave us some of the best highlight Sports Center could show us, only second to none to Jordan. But Allen you are not Jordan. Jordan was a champion as you are a cancer. The NBA should be able to sleep at night with you gone. No more black eyes from actions and comments that you make that make the NBA and you look stupid. Yes Allen you made a lot of money but in the end you will be remembered as a loser. Someone with all the talent to achieve heights many of us dream of. But you do not have the inner fortitude to bring out the best in others. They say there is no “I in Team” Allen sit at home and see how “I” really is. Good Day And Good Night Ken Beck
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