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Good Iverson story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by hondo, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/allen-iverson-nba-icon-struggles-with-life-after-basketball/2013/04/19/bfd108f8-a76e-11e2-a8e2-5b98cb59187f_story_4.html

    Typically sad tale of a star athlete once it's all over.
     
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Agree, good story.

    But how typical is it really? We hear about all the guys who go bust. I'd guess most do not but I could be way wrong.
     
  3. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    A lot of guys go busto, sure. But there aren't that many that go busto like Iverson went busto.
     
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    with gusto.
     
  5. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Oppo boppo?
     
  6. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Old story but very well written. A few days after the event in the Wells Fargo Center, he was seen blowing a wad at the black jack table at the Sugar House Casino. He's definitely not as broke as some would have you to believe.
     
  7. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    The cheeesburgers must have been comped.
     
  8. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    No cheeseburgers that night. Just not getting the right cards. A few times he was sitting on 20 only to have the dealer pull a four-card trick to beat him.
     
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    The NFLPA used to quote a stat -- don't know how they got it or if they still quote it -- that within two years of the end of their careers, 80 percent of players are divorced, bankrupt or unemployed, and a good number are two of the three or hit the trifecta.

    I think it's very common. In addition to the long list at the end of "Broke" of athletes who have declared bankruptcy, I'd guess that tons are eking out a fairly meager existence by the time they are 40 and then beyond.
     
  10. Kolchak

    Kolchak Member

    SI did a huge story a few years ago about millionaire athletes who lose it all: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1153364

    A lot of them get mooched off of by friends and family and don't know how to say no, or they have a friend who isn't qualified be their money manager. Lots of children by lots of different women also makes the money disappear quickly. They also invest really poorly trying to become the next Magic Johnson or George Foreman.
     
  11. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Did anybody catch where Iverson is living? I missed that in the story, which was otherwise excellent.
     
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    In a van. Down by the river.
     
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