Allen Iverson: Wife's Reported Restraining Order Will Nix Any NBA Comeback

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 26:  Basketball player Allen Iverson speaks during a news conference at the Thomas & Mack Center to announce the Las Vegas Superstar Challenge October 26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The three-game tournament will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 12 and 13, 2011, and will feature four teams made up of NBA players, former NBA players and rookies. Iverson will serve as a captain for one of the teams.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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After an illustrious NBA career, future Hall of Fame guard Allen Iverson’s fall from grace continues with the latest news about his wife’s reported restraining order against him.

Despite his willingness to do whatever it would take to get a shot at the NBA, no team has jumped at the chance to sign the troubled star. There is no doubt the star has skill, but his baggage is not worth what he adds on the court.

As much as NBA teams are accustomed to dealing with troubled players, Iverson and the mess he has made for himself is a burden no organization wants to shoulder. His wife doesn’t want his burden, either.

TMZ is reporting about Iverson’s wife and the requests she made to the courts about the former NBA star’s actions toward her:

Tawanna Iverson just filed legal docs in the couple's bitter divorce battle—claiming Allen "has engaged in increasingly contemptuous, threatening and disturbing behavior" over the last few months ... and she's afraid things will get worse.

Tawanna is asking for a judge to issue a protective order stat. It's unclear whether she wants Iverson to stay away physically or just stop harassing her. Tawanna also claims Allen is hiding big money from her—and she wants a judge to stop him.

It’s very hard to distinguish what is mudslinging and what is actual truth in this case, but it all is bad for Iverson’s reputation. Iverson’s money woes are nothing new, but the destruction of his personal life is something that is getting sadder by the day.

We can’t forget that this is one of the greatest NBA shooters to ever grace the floor. Iverson had a generation in the palm of his hand, before allowing it to all go to his head and ruin his career.

If there was any semblance of a dream to play in the NBA left for A.I., this latest bit of personal drama to hit the tabloids will end any and all thoughts of breaking back into the league.


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