No Father Of The Year Award: Judge Rips Allen Iverson In Divorce Judgment

February 3, 2013  |  


After years of breaking up to make up followed by a very ugly separation, Allen and Tawanna Iverson are officially no longer a union.

An Atlanta judge, according to TMZ, recently signed off on the divorce papers for the former couple who were married for 12 years.  They share five children and as this was family court, the judge was very open about his feelings for AI in the divorce decree. His comments included:

“[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.”

The judge awarded Tawanna Iverson full legal and physical custody of the children who range from ages 4 to 17.  He is particularly concerned for their well being as it pertains to AI’s drinking so although he has some visitation rights, they are contingent upon him following certain rules. For example, until all of his children become legal, he must not consume any alcohol within 24 hours of the time he has the children.

Taking that a step further, the judge has ordered that Iverson not consume any alcohol, period, over the next 18 months. He has also been ordered to attend AA meetings for a year.

What an unfortunate situation. Iverson’s drinking and alleged gambling problems have been the source of many random news stories over the past few years.  His NBA legacy has often been tarnished by his attitude and off the court problems.

He recently turned down an offer from the Texas Legends, a D league team, saying that is not the route for him and he’s always wanted to complete his basketball legacy in the NBA.

Hopefully, he’ll take his parental legacy more seriously and establish a more solid and positive relationship with his children.

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    Allen Iverson is almost 40. He is a lost cause.


    Allen Iverson is almost 40. He is a lost cause.

  • Hopefully the ex wife has been putting money away.

  • Nope

    And this is the same dude that the ladies loved. Go figure.

  • Ann

    Hello Allen? You don’t want to start back on the D-League. You have to start some where if you want to prove to the NBA that you really want to play. LIke Tim says, you need to go out and get an education and look into other alternate areas that you want to do.

  • Meyaka

    Fair point well made.

  • Lateshia

    I was wondering what was going on with Allen Iverson I haven’t heard much from him. I miss seeing him play basketball with the 76ers.

  • El supremo

    Still a diet bag..Look at how he dresses, hat too big, pants too big etc etc.

    • Diet bag? Or were you looking for douche bag?

  • saivdbavuk

    He should’a practiced!

    • Drew Smith

      Practice? Practice?? We talkin’ ’bout practice. Practice. Practice. We talkin’ ’bout practice. Practice. Practice. Practice? Practice?? Practice??? We talkin’ ’bout practice??? “Yes, Allen, we’re talking about practice. It’s a microcosm of life.”

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  • Tim

    Why doesn’t he go out and get an education and do something with his life. He’s an uneducated black man that probably would be dead if he wasn’t in the NBA. Another thug that lived the high life….now back to reality loser!

    • bluekissess

      Harsh much? Smh

    • justin white

      I do not know Allen Iverson as a thug, and I follow sports closely. Maybe that is an indicator of your character or possibly slanted way of thinking. People like to use the word ‘Thug’ to surplant another word that has racial connotation. You are not slick. Im beginning to think maybe you have some resentment towards athelets in general, which in general are black, not saying race has anything to do w/ the ferociousness of your comments, it’s just a fact. I’d bet you think anyone w/ a tattoo is a thug or piece of trash too. Which leads me to believe you are allowing your eyes and ears, and not your BRAIN, to do your informing, or serve as your predominate source of information.

      Your comments about education were redundant, so I gather you are a stickler for education, while I am a stickler for being fully capable in one’s profession, whether that means attending college or being dedicated to your craft to the point that you yourself could profess about it (see A. Iverson). Albeit, he may one day want/need an education, seeking that now would be somewhat counterintuitive for the fact that his window to cap-off his career/make more money is shrinking. So , as i appreciate your zeal on the issue, you are a bit Over-zealous sir.

      Furthermore, to match Your redundancy on the topic of education, many successful people are not college educated. I personally am not college-educated myself, but as you probably realize, I am supremely intelligent and am more capable than most. I absolutely am not being bragadocious, but (albeit redundantly) per your redundancy on education, I am forced to inform you w/ the same zeal you attempt to scold others, w/ your Perfect self.

      You Should know, like I know that a college degree MANY times means that you went to a school for a certain amount of time…… and that’s about it. That degree does not nearly possess the ‘degree’ of specificity necessary to deem whether or not said degree is even worthy of placement on an application. Again, per your zeal, I’m guessing you are college educated. congrats ;).

      Personally, I quit school b/c neither the student body, nor the professor, nor the school were on the same level as I intellectually. So don’t judge a man by his degree, or absence thereof.

      Did you say now back to reality? When YOU are the one being so disrespectful and degrading on-line. You got it backwards, b/c as you closed this window, turned off your monitor, look in the mirror and see YOURself, It’s Back To Reality For You!

      It takes a special type of A-hole for me to have to tell you to Get Some Self-Esteem and Have Some Humility, you broke the mold, nice bro.

      As for him being a loser, as well as your insinuation of the worthlessness of his life, if you search: ‘Allen Iverson-philanthropy’ , I’m sure you’ll find something.

      • maggie

        ‘Allen Iverson-philanthropy’=required community service implemented by the NBA for their players. Yes, this is an articulate rather verbose response to Tim. However, the fact remains that AI needs more direction and discipline. Some people feel that comes in the form of education and some feel that comes in going after a passion(such as yourself). Too many black men without fathers in the spotlight are constantly being scorned in the same manner as Mr. AI–because it is the ugly truth.

      • Kay

        I’m mad you wrote an essay…. Is it really that serious

        • justin white

          dont like people that judge, esp, ignorantly, and yeah ive never had a problem w/ putting knowledge on paper or on a screen w/ haste. it was worth the 5 mins

      • kierah

        Did you need an excuse to write your autobiographyfor us? What does your experience have to do with Iverson?
        Iverson has made a lot of foolish choices in his life. His alcoholism and gambling are HUGE problems that he must overcome to become an effective father.
        Education right now is his best bet. His sports skills are dwindling with every passing year. His rep with the league is shot so a front-office gig isn’t likely. They give him a small opportunity to earn some respect and he turns it down. He needs some skills besides athletics to resume his role as provider for his children.
        If this isn’t losing, I really can’t say what you’d call it.

  • This is first time I’ve watched the advertising all the way through. Betty White is funny!

  • Sterling Archer

    AA? We talking about AA? Not a courtroom, Not a courtroom, AA!

    • bluekissess

      Really? Smh

  • L-Boogie

    I hope he gets better. Still rooting for you, A.I.

  • SunshineBlossom

    After all that he needs to be lucky a D-LIST team even considered him. Yeah the NBA was for him when he was at his prime, but he’s not there anymore and can’t expect to be after this. He can’t live off the past. He just needs to hit rock bottom and own up to it, then maybe he will have a chance at rising again.

    • bluekissess

      I agree totally. He’s still stuck in denial which is sad. Hopefully he changes for his kids sake.