Troubled former NBA star Allen Iverson talked about playing Russian roulette with boxer Adrien Broner.
This disturbing exchange about the potentially lethal game of chance was captured on video as part of Broner’s YouTube reality show “About Billions.”
Russian roulette was made famous or infamous as the case may be in part by the Vietnam War movie The Deer Hunter with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.
Adrien Broner claimed the WBA welterweight title Saturday night in defeating Paulie Malignaggi by split decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Iverson has found himself in a continuing series of off-the-court problems since retiring from basketball. He returned his five children to their mother but not before he went to court and cleared up the accusations that claims he abducted his own kids at a hotel in Georgia, He allegedly also owes $40,000 in back child support to ex-wife, Tawanna, whom he divorced in February. Iverson also recently lost his $4.5 million Atlanta mansion to foreclosure after he defaulted on the mortgage.
The Philly Post had this to say about Allen Iverson contemplating Russian roulette: “If you’re chronicling the slow, steady demise of Allen Iverson (we are), here’s a new data point: Hanging out with the ‘stars’ of a crappy reality show about a young boxer, toying with the idea of playing Russian Roulette. With a loaded gun. He’s been self-destructing for several years now, but this sort of loose talk takes it to a whole new level.”
A former NBA Rookie of the Year, MVP, and four-time scoring champion, Iverson spent most of his 14-year career with the Philadelphia 76ers, He also was a member of the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies as well as played for a team in Turkey. He averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.7 rebounds for his NBA career. He averaged 29.7 points per game in the playoffs, second all time behind Michael Jordan.