Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Stephen A. Smith’s column reports NBA Star Alan Iverson is battling serious alcohol and gambling problems. Smith predicts “Iverson will either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away.”
Last year, the Detroit News shed light on Iverson’s alleged addictions, reporting Iverson was banned from several area casinos. When questioned, however, the casinos said no such ban existed.
Iverson has issued a statement via Twitter regarding the allegations:
“To my fans: You all know that my life isn’t perfect. I am going through some very tough times right now, like I am sure that we all do from time to time. However, I will stand tall like always with “rhino” thick skin. Even though I have become used to hearing people say things about me that aren’t true, it still hurts. I encourage you to continue your ongoing support and I want you to trust that this is another obstacle in my life that, with God’s help I will overcome. God Bless You All.”
Last week, Iverson’s wife filed for divorce, and his daughter is seriously sick with an illness doctor’s haven’t been able to diagnose yet. His career has been rocky for the past two years, and is sort of in limbo for now. Definitely a tough time for A.I. Hopefully, he can pull it together.