An NBA star once known for having the best crossover dribble in the game recently had a child custody case judge cross him off the Father of the the Year Award ballot.
This past week Allen Iverson lost custody of his five children as part of bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife and former high school sweetheart, Tawanna.
According to The Daily Mail, in the divorce decree, the judge called Iverson is “a hindrance to their (his children’s) spiritual and emotional growth and development.” He continued on to say that Iverson “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.”
Some of those inappropriate behaviors included things like leaving his children alone without supervision and sometimess leaving his daughters alone in rooms with strange men. The judge awarded custody of the children to Tawann, although Iverson will be able to visit them providing he sticks to the terms of the judge’s ruling - including remaining sober for 18 months and attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.
Iverson has been out of the NBA for quite a few years and it would seem that he may be having some financial difficulties based on some of his recent career choices. Namely: a brief stop with a professional team in Turkey and playing exhibition games in China.
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Earlier this month, Iverson turned down an opportunity to return to basketball in the NBA’s Development League. Iverson explained his decision on Twitter, posting “While I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.”
Always somewhat of a sparkplug both on and off the court, Iverson, 37, also wrote, “I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA.”
Source: (The Daily Mail)