Judge: Allen Iverson is a bad parent with a drinking problem


allen-iverson-sixersAn Atlanta family court judge presiding over Allen Iverson’s divorce proceedings ripped the former NBA MVP as an unfit parent with a drinking problem, LawyerHerald reported.

The judge, who was not named, blasted Iverson, who was married for 11 years to a woman to whom he had five children.

“[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,” the judge blasted the ex-NBA great.

“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.”

Tawanna Iverson was awarded legal and physical custody of the children. Allen Iverson has some visitation rights if he abides by certain conditions, many of which have to do with tending to what the decree calls “an obvious and serious alcohol problem, which has caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired,” the decree says.

Iverson is not allowed to drink any alcohol over the next 18 months and will have to avoid alcohol within 24 hours of his time with the children until they all reach age 18, according to the decree. He is also supposed to see a psychiatrist and attend AA meetings for a year

The 37-year-old Iverson, spent 14 seasons in the NBA, and was a winner of both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He is an 11-time all-star, and 4-time scoring champion.

Iverson took his team all the way to the NBA Finals in 2001 but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Despite never winning a championship, Iverson was rated the fifth greatest NBA shooting guard of all time by ESPN in 2008.

Iverson played in 914 NBA games (901 started), and holds career average of 26.7 points per game, and 6.2 assists per game, with 41.1 minutes per game.

Four times in his career he averaged more than 30 points per game in a regular season – all with Philadelphia 76ers.

His last NBA game was nearly two years ago with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was given an offer by an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks last week to sign him with the Texas Legends Development League team. He turned down the offer, though thanked management via his Twitter account.

“I thank Donnie [Walsh, the Mavericks president of basketball operations], for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me,” Iverson wrote on Twitter. In a separate tweet, he also wrote, “I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all.”

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