Allen Iverson’s ex-wife is accusing the former NBA player of abducting his own children.
Tawanna Iverson filed legal documents claiming that her ex-husband asked for permission to take their five children on vacation to North Carolina from May 22 to May 26. When the last day of the vacation rolled around, the 38-year-old had not returned the kids, who range in age from 3 to 16.
Iverson also said that she tried to set up a meeting at a nearby Target on June 4, but the former Philadelphia 76ers player never showed up. Iverson, who has sole legal and physical custody of the five children, believes her ex didn’t take them to North Carolina like he said, and that he is keeping them at a Sheraton hotel in Georgia. She said she is concerned because A.I. is an alcoholic and drinks around the children.
The allegations come a week after Tawanna Iverson claimed that Allen Iverson owed $40,000 in child support. The former All-Star was ordered to pay $8,000 a month — on top of a $3 million divorce settlement — that his ex-wife says she never received. Tawanna Iverson asked that a judge throw her ex in jail for failure to pay. The former Sixers and Detroit Pistons guard blamed his ex-wife for his troubles, which included losing homes in Atlanta and Colorado, saying that she agreed to loans she knew he wouldn’t be able to meet.
When the couple’s divorce was finalized in February, a judge said that 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 also said that Allen Iverson refused to get help for his alcohol abuse which “caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired.”
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