Allen Iverson isn't exactly a pillar of financial responsibility.
Much has been made in recent years about Iverson's being broke (or maybe not broke), and there are few expensive ventures you could rattle off involving The Answer that would make me stop in my tracks and say, "Nope. No way he did that." If it cost a lot and was around in the mid-2000s, Iverson did it.
In this vein, Matt Barnes' recent comments regarding Iverson's spending habits at strip clubs come as a small surprise.
Barnes, who played alongside Iverson on the 2005-06 Philadelphia 76ers, told Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard that he used to watch the 76ers superstar throw between $30,000 and $40,000 at gentlemen's clubs whenever they went out:
Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs. That guy went. HARD. He'd throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s--t under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He'd throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I'm like, "You realize what I can do with this money?"
Two things here: Dear God, Iverson. That is reckless—unsurprising, but still ridiculous.
Secondly, Barnes' raking cash in with his foot and recycling Iverson's thrown stacks is an all-time move. He stayed in his lane, balled within his means. Barnes knows thrown cash is just as green as yet-to-be thrown cash, so why not stretch those funds a bit?
Let this be a lesson to everyone about the importance of strip club frugality and the Three R's: reduce, reuse and re-throw. It could keep you out of bankruptcy.
Dan is on Twitter. He'd foot-rake that cash and save it for sandwiches.