Philly.com – AN ATLANTA family court judge presiding over Allen Iverson’s divorce proceedings ripped the former NBA star as an unfit parent who has a drinking problem, according to a report. TMZ.com reported that the judge, who was not named by the website, blasted Iverson, who was married to Tawanna for 11 years. The couple have five children together. The website, citing the couple’s final divorce degree, reported that the judge wrote, “[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. “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.” According to TMZ, the judge ordered Allen Iverson to see a psychiatrist, and to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for a year. The website also reported that the judge awarded Tawanna custody of the children and that Allen can visit them under certain conditions. Among them, according to the report, is that he can’t drink alcohol within 24 hours of visiting.
Complete nonsense. Let the man be a father to his children. “Serious alcohol problem” that has “caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children”? Uhh, where I come from that called PARENTING. How else do fathers interact with their children? Patience, sobriety, and understanding? This ain’t Full House this is real motherfucking life.
In real life sometimes daddy and his friends gotta drink this fifth and run out to the “store” real quick. And sometimes the kids gotta stay behind at the hotel room with some of daddy’s friends who mommy may not like or know exist. Since when is that weird? Certainly not a reason to separate a man from his children. It’s called Friday night, not child abuse.
And who are you to judge, Judge? Maybe in your world understanding how to properly “manage your children” or not being “a hindrance to their spiritual and emotional growth and development” is something abnormal…but this is modern Black America. Those kids could do a lot worse than having a millionaire father who’s actively trying to be in their lives.