Allen Iverson was noticeably — and unexpectedly — absent for his team’s BIG3 game in Dallas on Sunday.
“We had no advance warning and do not have information as to all the circumstances surrounding his absence. The league is launching an investigation to gather all the facts and then will make an informed, official statement,” the league said via its Twitter page.
— BIG3 (@thebig3) July 30, 2017
The former NBA star serves as both team captain and coach for the Three’s Company. While his team took on Power at the American Airlines Center, Iverson was reportedly some-odd miles away in Illinois gambling.
According to TMZ, the Hall of Famer was spotted at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, IL on Saturday night into early Sunday morning. He is said to not have exited the premises until 3 a.m.
At around 10 p.m. Sunday, Iverson was then spied at the Sugar Factory restaurant, which is located two miles away from the casino. The gossip website also reported that A.I. was seen gambling at a Philadelphia casino earlier this month.
It’s been wildly reported that A.I has alcohol and gambling issues. A 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer column penned by Stephen A. Smith said Iverson’s family feared that he would “either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away.”
Smith reported that Iverson was banned from casinos in Detroit and Atlantic City, N.J.
AJ Mass, a former Atlantic City card dealer detailed Iverson’s gambling habits in his new book, How Fantasy Sports Explains The World. Mass claimed Iverson was aggressive and demanding [via ESPN].
“His fist pounded down on the table with such force that I recoiled as though I myself had been struck by the blow,” wrote Mass. “He rose from his chair, and his voice grew louder still, the alcohol on his breath just as capable of choking me to [rip] even if his hands remained at his sides, which of course they did not.”
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