Former Philadelphia 76ers player Allen Iverson could be heading to prison over unpaid child support payments.
Iverson’s ex-wife, Tawanna, is claiming that the 38-year-old owes $40,000 in child support. In January, courts forced Iverson to pay $8,000 a month for the former couple’s five children. His ex-wife is alleging that Iverson never made any of the payments.
When Iverson’s divorce was finalized in February, a family court judge ruled in favor of maternal custody and said that Iverson had no idea how to be a father.
“[Iverson] does not know how to manage the children; has little interest in learning to manage the children and has actually, at times, been a hindrance to their spiritual and emotional growth and development,” the judge said. “For example, he has refused to attend to an obvious and serious alcohol problem, which has caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired. He has left the children alone without supervision. He has left his young daughters in a hotel room with men who are unknown to the mother.”
Iverson also paid $3 million to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement.
That same month, Iverson lost his $4.5 million Atlanta home to foreclosure. The former All-Star defaulted on a $1.2 million mortgage and wanted to put the home up for auction to prevent the foreclosure. He claimed that the foreclosure was partly Tawanna’s fault, saying that she agreed to a loan she knew he wouldn’t be able to meet.
Iverson lost another home, this one in Colorado, to foreclosure in 2011.
Allen and Tawanna Iverson are due back in court this week. Iverson’s ex-wife is asking that a judge place him in jail if he fails to pay the $40,000 he owes in child support.
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