NBA legend Allen Iverson’s post-career soap opera continues. The former Philadelphia 76ers star stands accused of abducting his own children from his ex-wife.
According to court documents filed by Tawanna Iverson, her former husband asked for permission to take the couple’s children on a vacation to Charlotte, N.C., agreeing to bring them back on May 26, TMZ reports. However, when the agreed-upon date arrived, Iverson’s children hadn’t been returned, leading Tawanna to believe that they had been abducted.
In the documents, Tawanna Iverson claims that she tried to set up a second exchange on June 4 at a local Target store, TMZ reports. However, Allen, also known as “A.I.,” never showed up with the five children.
According to TMZ, Tawanna believes that her ex-husband never intended to take the children to Charlotte. According to her statement, the 11-time NBA All-Star had actually abducted his own children, moving them to a Sheraton hotel in Georgia. In addition to having primary physical custody of all five children, the former Mrs. Iverson is their sole legal guardian.
Tawanna Iverson’s court case is not merely the impulsive reaction of a former spouse. In the documents, she claims that Allen is an alcoholic who regularly drinks in the presence of his children, TMZ reports. The mother of five has asked the court to force Allen to surrender the children into her custody, and has even asked the judge to incarcerate her ex-husband as punishment for the alleged abduction.
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In 2010, it was revealed that Iverson and his ex-wife, Tawanna, were divorcing after eight years of marriage. The couple has five children together, with ages ranging from 3 to 16 years old, TMZ reports.
This isn’t the first time that the Iversons’ crumbling marriage has been the subject of a court case. Earlier this month, Tawanna claimed that Allen owed her $40,000 in child support, and asked a judge to throw the former NBA MVP in jail for his actions, TMZ reported.