Iverson still flirting with indictment

By Wes Holtsclaw

   Allen Iverson's in trouble again, and will anybody do anything about it? Probably not, but the NBA's new bad boy needs to be sat down.
   After a list of crimes that make Dennis Rodman look like a saint, you have to question when enough is enough.
   Sure he is a great player, winning the NBA Most Valuable Player award in 2001, leading the 76ers to the NBA Finals that season.
   Sure he is a great marketing tool for Reebok, with whom he signed a lifetime deal for over $50 million, sending shoes out with his trademark logo.
   But he is not a great role model. Millions of children look up to basketball players, including Iverson. If I were an NBA supporter and had children watching the game, I would be irate if a criminal like Iverson was allowed back, especially after his recent debacle.
   Two incidents have come to light. First, he was recently charged with four felony counts for forcing himself into his cousin's apartment, threatening two men after throwing his wife out of their home during a fight.
   Secondly, on Saturday morning Philadelphia Police investigators searched Tawanna Iverson's car, finding broken glass and smeared blood inside the vehicle, as well as rocks and torn women's clothing.
   Neighbors around the Iverson home reported to the authorities, that Mrs. Iverson had been going through a rough time, and that the couple had frequent spats.
   Trouble always seems to follow Iverson, and for some reason he always seems to make a way out of it.
   "The bad-boy image, unfortunately right now, is what sells, and he's the best bad boy out there," said Alan Brown, who is president of a Hollywood, Florida sports marketing firm.
   Iverson will be charged on nine counts this Tuesday, when his lawyer returns from vacation. If he is seen out in public, he will be arrested.
   If Iverson is sent to jail or put on probation again, the NBA should lay the smackdown on him, and not allow him to return to the court for at least half of the upcoming season. If athletes continue to get away with these types of crimes, it gives their sport an immediate black eye.
   This isn't the first big hit against Iverson, who has been through a lot over events in his life, which date back to 1993, when he spent four months in prison before fighting at a bowling alley in Hampton, VA.
   In August 1997, he was pulled over with two marijuana cigarettes and was sent through two years of drug testing and three years of probation, after which his record was cleared.
   In July 1998, two of his friends were pulled over in his car, and nabbed on drug charges.
   During the 1999-2000 NBA season, Iverson was fined more than 50 times for being late to practice, and suspended a game for missing a shootaround.
   In 2000, he made a rap CD that had violent references and derogatory lyrics toward women and homosexuals, and was reprimanded by NBA commissioner David Stern.
   The NBA needs to use Iverson as an example, and teach the boys that they can't get away with just anything.