This is one of the reasons that soccer will never be respected in this country.
The Rochester Lancers of MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League) have offered Allen Iverson a professional contract playing a sport that he has probably never played before. As if it is just that easy to pick up a ball and become a star. The contract would have Iverson paid $20,000 a game plus a $5,000 per goal bonus (actual players make a fraction of that).
There are indoor athletes who work their entire lives just for a few minutes on the field and a paycheck that is comparable to minimum wage, and Iverson receives this offer:
Rich Randall, vice president of the Rochester Lancers said, "Allen Iverson is one of the premier athletes of our time.With his athleticism and competitive hunger, I think he can be a great fit with our team and fans as we make an important playoff push, while also driving interest to an exciting, growing sport."
Are you kidding me?
Hopefully this is a publicity stunt. Hopefully Iverson laughs the deal off and moves on to his next attempt at a comeback.
Even if this turns out to be a publicity stunt or joke, it is one still of the most disgraceful and disrespectful things that one team could do to the sport that they play. To basically say that just because Iverson is a great athlete (and he is) that he could pick up a ball with little to no preparation or as far as we know knowledge of indoor soccer (which is very different than outdoor 11 vs 11) and help this team in its playoff bid is ludicrous. The Lancers front office should be ashamed. What is next Billy Crystal playing for the Yankees....oh, wait.