Allen Iverson’s Downward Spiral Continues

"I'm fallin' apart here, man!"

In October, Allen Iverson signed a two-year, $4 million deal with a Turkish basketball team after no NBA squad was willing to take a chance on him. It was an opportunity for the former Sixer to put himself in a better situation professionally, personally, and financially.

Yet every time we've heard his name since, it's been in a negative light… and the news continues to worsen. It began with a leg injury that forced him to return home to United States for potential leg surgery.

After visiting Dr. James Andrews in Brimingham in the beginning of the month, Iverson found out he wouldn't need surgery, Instead, he had to rest for the next six to eight weeks before returning to his team for the playoffs.

Seems pretty simple…. take the free time to rest up and get back to work, right?

Not so much. A series of tweets compliled by Sports by Brooks this weekend tells us exactly what AI has been up to. He hasn't been resting, that's for sure. More after the jump.

A "tweet timeline" tells us the real story, and more than anything, it's sad.

Iverson Tweets

Dude, what are you doing?

It's honestly a tough thing to see, considering this was one of the guys I (and many of you) grew up watching. His fall from grace is nothing short of tragic, and it wouldn't surprise me if he didn't make it back to Turkey this season to join his team for the playoffs.  Watching this is like the TV show you hate but can never turn away from.

Hopefully, AI can get it together and turn it around, but no one is holding their breath.

H/T to Spike Eskin and his twittering prowess


23 Responses

  1. Getting a tiger to change it’s stripes would be considerably easier than getting Allen to grow up as it’s clear he’s either unable or unwilling to change his narcissistic ways. At this stage, there’s nothing left to turn around, this deal in Turkey has “one and done” written all over it, hell, I’d be shocked if Allen returns at all, and yet, he’ll still look for someplace to play next year. I pray to God this scenario doesn’t come to pass, but I don’t see Allen still being on this earth inside of five years after he finally hangs up his sneakers, not with that lifestyle of his which is bound to get in into trouble he won’t be able to extricate himself from.

  2. I think id have a better chance reading turkish tweets than the ones that were dug up on AI. Good lord our country is going to hell…

  3. This is very difficult to hear about and read. Iverson was and still is my favorite Sixer. I grew up watching him and loved the way he played. I looked up to him as a kid because of his success as a smaller player (I played basketball as a kid and I was very small). Such a tough story and I hope he turns it around.

  4. What the hell. My favorite player was A.I when he was a sixer. How can this happen to such a talented player? This is the Downfall of vices we all use to mask our inner demons. Hope you do better A.I. 1

  5. Just heard a rumor that AI was abused by an older man during his childhood ..And the rumor also stated that it happened more than once by more than one person ..That is the reason why he drinks so badly …He needs counseling QUICK!….His mother choose drugs of motherhood, and in the end , he son was left for dead.

  6. From 1 man to another- it’s all a sad/ tragic turn of events. I do find it hard to feel sorry for a man that’s had his gifts, blessings and opportunities. Alot of men/women from bad and worse backgrounds than his weren’t blessed w- his physcal talent, loving wife or the 50 million + he’s made in his life(after taxes).He’s got more dude groupies than chicks-I always find it amazing why so many co-sign/ excuse his behaviour.
    He could have gotten any kind of counseling/ therapy he wanted had he cared to get well.
    There is never a question abt his tlaent- even in his older years-he has NBA talent-still.
    It’s the baggage he bringa w- him as a hman being – why he’s not in “the LEAGUE” and he has only himself to blame-when you KNOW he’s good enogh to play, and isnt’? says all there to say abt him, and how he’s conducted himself- he’s always been a great player- he’s never really ever been a professional- pro ball- no matter what the sport- is a privelige- not a right-Turkey?, for AI?-
    It’s sad- I get no joy from this,but even Stevie Wonder saw it coming.

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