Four Awful Things About Allen Iverson from the WAPO's Sad Portrayal of a Fallen Superstar (And One Loving Note)

Four Awful Things About Allen Iverson from the WAPO's Sad Portrayal of a Fallen Superstar (And One Loving Note)

The Washington Post published a pretty fascinating article about one of the most polarizing athletes in Philadelphia sports history. Philly fans, myself included, absolutely loved watching Allen Iverson suit up and do mind-boggling things on the basketball court. But his off-the-court antics and questionable work ethic also infuriated.

Tales of his loose wallet and flashy life style are well documented, but the Post paints a picture of something even worse, of a shitty father and a guy with an alcohol problem so bad it's seemingly ruining the best things in his life.

Any Sixers fan really has to read the whole story. But I highlighted four awful and fascinating bits in addition to one that makes you feel just a bit for the former NBA MVP.

First, let's go right to Sixers CEO Adam Aron prior to Iverson bobblehead night a couple weeks back (video).

“He’ll be on time,” Aron says assuredly. “That’s all that matters.”

Because when dealing with Allen Iverson, you just kind of hope he shows up.

According to a bank statement submitted in the divorce, the couple’s checking account was overdrawn by more than $23,000 in July 2011. In a single day, $23,255.36 was deducted – at a diamond store, a hat shop, a steakhouse and a hotel.

Man. Who wouldn't have loved to pal around with A.I. on that day. Ribeyes for the whole posse.

“He has hit rock bottom, and he just hasn’t accepted it yet,” says former Philadelphia teammate Roshown McLeod.

Roshown McLeod? Really? That's the guy quoted to say A.I. has hit rock bottom. To be honest, I had to go check Basketball Reference to see when he played with Iverson. Turns out McLeod did appear in one game with the Sixers in the 2000-2001 season. He put in a solid 15 minutes and shot 1-2 from the field, added a turnover and two personal fouls to go with his two points as a Sixer.

Iverson stood during a divorce proceeding in Atlanta in 2012 and pulled out his pants pockets. “I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger,” he shouted toward his estranged wife, Tawanna, who then handed him $61.

That one is just sad. That makes me sad. It's very sad. I'd buy A.I. a cheeseburger.

And the final one, which paints Iverson as a guy with a big heart, is when he made a video message for longtime Georgetown hoops trainer Lorry Michel when she was being inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.

A.I.'s video played off his famous "Practice?!" press conference, but talked about the love he had for his former trainer.

Go read the whole thing and feel all sorts of conflicting feelings about Allen Iverson.

>>Allen Iverson, NBA icon, struggles with life after basketball [WAPO]

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

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Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

Redskins running back Chris Thompson doesn't want to bring his family to the Linc Monday night because he's afraid of what Eagles fans will do.

Doug Pederson hopes Thompson changes his mind.

"Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I've ever experienced," Thompson told ESPN radio's Washington affiliate, ESPN 980, on Wednesday, according to a story in the Washington Post.

"I heard that's the one stadium you keep your family from going to. My family will be (up from Florida) this week, and they were like, 'I want to come to the Philly game.' I said, 'Absolutely not, you're going to have to wait until Dallas comes around. … I was told that right away my rookie year: Keep your family away."

Pederson said he loves Eagles fans and the energy and passion they bring but also said he hopes Thompson or any opposing player feels comfortable bringing his family to the Linc.  

"I just know that playing at home is a great advantage for us," Pederson said before practice Thursday. "Our fans are great, they're energetic, I love playing at the Linc. 

"You know, I hope every family can watch their sons play. I think it's important that they're there and have a chance to watch their siblings play, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents.

"Right now in the league, every stadium is great for the home team and ours is no different. We're just excited now to finally be getting a stretch of games where we can play for the home fans."

Thompson, a fifth-year running back out of Florida State, has played at the Linc twice, in 2015 and 2016, both Redskins wins.

The Eagles, 5-1, host the 3-2 Redskins in a national TV game Monday night at the Linc. The Eagles are 8-2 at home under Pederson, including a 2-0 mark this year, although they're only 4-6 at home against the Redskins over the last 10 years.