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Allen Iverson dresses like Run-DMC at jersey retirement

Allen Iverson Run DMC

Has any notable professional athlete kept it more real throughout his career than Allen Iverson? The same player who inspired the NBA’s dress code and popularized the trend of athletes wearing braids and tattoos showed up to his jersey retirement ceremony in Philadelphia Saturday dressed pretty much the way you’d expect. Iverson had on a hat, glasses and some chains heavy enough to sink the Titanic.

Allen Iverson chains

Any rumors about Iverson being broke must be false. All that jewelry around his neck has to be worth a lot of coin.

If you’re wondering where A.I. got the idea for his outfit, he probably stole it from DMC of Run-DMC fame:

Allen Iverson Run DMC

While many athletes would dress up for the occasion of having their jersey retired by their team and probably put on a nice suit, Iverson dressed like he was heading to the bowling alley for a Friday night of fun. He had a baggy coat, and even baggier pants that went down to his loafers:

Allen Iverson baggy

Someone tell A.I. it’s no longer the ’90s. Wait, is ’90s fashion back in?

To celebrate the occasion of Iverson’s jersey retirement, the NBA compiled highlights from Iverson’s rookie year in 1996-1997 when he was named Rookie of the Year:

The Sixers presented AI with a championship belt. They also gave him a boat called “The Answer,” which was Iverson’s nickname:

Allen Iverson The Answer boat

Below is video from Iverson’s retirement ceremony. It starts at the end of his speech and goes to the jersey being put up in the rafters:



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  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    Why would anyone honor this guy.

  • franchiseblock

    ^^^ You must be joking…

  • Jordan Mitchell

    If you ask that, you must know very little about basketball. Either that or you are so biased that you believe everything negative the media says about someone. AI is one of the for NBA superstars that deserves to be honored the most based on all he overcame and his accomplishments for his small stature.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    Very selfish player, if he played 100 years who wouldn’t win a championship. If only 50% of what the media says about him is true, he’s a real bad guy.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    He was basically black listed from the league, that’s why he retired. No team wanted him and his attitude and baggage. He should go back to hanging with the Bloods and the Crips.

  • Guest

    I have followed this man’s career since he played at Georgetown. In my assessment, less than 15% of the negative things the media has said about him throughout the years is true. The media hated this man from the very beginning – even when he was in high school. You seem like a very self-righteous person. Nobody is perfect. What I can say is that his teammates regarded him as a great teammate (even people in Detroit like Rip Hamilton adored him as a teammate) and a great person. Iverson had one of the most traumatizing childhoods I have seen for any NBA player. This is a guy who witnessed his close friend get murdered when he was 8-years-old … who grew up in an extremely violent area where 7 more of his friends were murdered by the time he was 15. His mother abused drugs when he was a kid and later sold her body to pay Iverson’s very sick younger sister’s medical bills. He was abused and bullied as a child. There were times when things got so bad for him that he stayed at a homeless shelter. Often times there was no food or water or electricity in his home (a house he lived in during his teen years also had a terrible sewage problem). His stepfather was disabled in an accident when Iverson was around 13 and lost his job. The stepfather later turned to drug dealing and went to prison. Everyone around Iverson abused alcohol. Then, of course, he was wrongfully convicted of “maiming by mob” was a minor and served time in adult prison. At most, he should have been charged with a simple assault. It was his first offense, and there was a sore lack of evidence (and for that reason the Virginia Court of Appeals later overturned the conviction because there was not even close to beyond a reasonable doubt proof that he did what he was accused of). Not to mention, the white kids in that fight were just as guilty as the black kids, and the injuries inflicted were about equal (the white kids were even the instigators – throwing out racial slurs and verbally insulting and talking down to black kids) – yet none of the white kids were arrested. Life did not suddenly get better for Iverson when he was a college player at Georgetown or an NBA player. After all, he was under the microscope of a media who wanted him to fail. He also still went through such hardship as his best friend being murdered (shot down 8 times) not too long before Iverson’s infamous practice interview. Iverson himself has been shot out before and who knows what abuse he took while in prison. When you take into account how terrible his childhood and life and assess the lack of nurturing he received psychologically, it is actually incredible what he accomplished – especially for his size. This guy is likely 5’11″ and 160 lbs. soaking wet, and yet he lead a team to the finals in 2001 because of his heart and passion. It’s a miracle he’s alive and as productive a member of society as he has been. Most of the people he grew up with are dead or in prison. Iverson never even got into a fight on the NBA court (other than the time Dennis Rodman hit him – and that does not really count as a fight because nothing happened). He did not miss that many practices, especially after 2000 (that was grossly exaggerated and blown out of proportion by the media). He played hurt -with multiple injuries almost every game. He played harder than anyone I have ever seen (and most NBA players agree with my statement here). Many of the rumors the media said about his personal life, and even his habits as a player, were false, distorted, taken out of context, or blown out of proportion – in fact, many of the reporters were debunked when the truth came out (unfortunately people are not interested in hearing the truth about someone like Iverson when the truth is good). And don’t even get me started on the “blacklisting.” I can debunk almost all the trash that was used against him during that time in his career. So next time, stop being so self-righteous and judgmental. It is not your place to say whether someone you don’t know is a bad person or a good person. We do not know. I can say that from all that I have seen, AI seems like a genuine person and his life is his business. And take a look at the mirror. We all make mistakes and do bad things at some point in our lives, and I don’t know many people who can go through what Iverson did in his life and come out of it okay. He should be remembered as an inspiration – he overcame obstacles that were thought of as insurmountable, and despite making many mistakes, he is still here and a major success story.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    You are living in a fantasy land, productive member of society, my ass. Dead broke due to gambling, doesn’t pay his child support and if he was so respected by people in the NBA, why couldn’t he get a job when he still wan’t to play. Couldn’t even make it in the Turkish B League.

  • Jordan Mitchell

    Your response clearly shows that you know very little about him so the argument is not worth having. 1) He is not actually broke – he has an annuity fund set up that gives him 1 million dollars per year until the time he is 55 when he gets the rest of the 30 million dollars, 2) he in fact does pay his child support and has actually been in his children’s lives – contrary to what the media was reporting, 3) he couldn’t play in turkey due to a growth in his leg in which he had to get surgery and never recovered well enough to be able to play again. It is not your business what Iverson does in his personal life, but he seems to be picking up the pieces of his broken life. Again, if you had his childhood and lived his life, I doubt you would come out of it okay emotionally and psychologically. Think outside the box for a change.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    Look at how Mike Tyson turned his life around, he gets my respect. Iverson is a tragedy waiting to happen. Please tell me some of the good stuff he has done to help other people with all the money he made, instead of making excuses for him.

  • Jordan Mitchell

    He does a lot of stuff and has throughout his career. First, he took care of over 40 families who he grew up with in Virginia – buying them houses, paying their mortgages, buying them cars, paying their medical bills, etc. If anything, he cared too much and was too loyal and that is part of the reason he was in a financial bind. Secondly, he does a lot with kids and started several organizations. One of them is an anti-violence clinic where he teaches kids to stay away from violence, stay out of fights, love one another, and to make better decisions. He also is a strong advocate for teaching youth to not drive while on a cell phone or under the influence. Iverson gives out many scholarships per year to inner city kids who want to go to college. He goes to several small schools and tells his story to young people. He has often said, “I am not embarrassed by my life. It is only for people to learn from.” Now that he is retired, he has stated that he wants to dedicate his life to sharing his story with others so that they don’t make his mistakes. He is also training his sons in basketball. Again, there you go judging someone you know absolutely nothing about.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    Giving money to your posse isn’t being charitable, it’s being stupid. Give me the link to his childrens foundation, i want to make a donation.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    He’s a useless BUM.

  • Jordan Mitchell

    I sent you a link and tried responding but for some reason moderation hasn’t approved, probably because I posted a link and I’m not sure if that is allowed on this blog. I had also explained that most of the people he gave to were his family and people who were there for his family. “posse” is a media perception that was not true. Well, if you’re stuck in your ways, you’re not worth my time.

  • Jordan Mitchell

    Based on your comments, you don’t sound like someone I would want to know in real life. You don’t seem like a very nice person. Just an FYI. That is how you come off. Possibly it is time to look in the mirror and stop calling people you know nothing about useless bums.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    Go hang out with Allen, but don’t call me for bail money.

  • Jordan Mitchell

    I’m an attorney and work to help inner city youths so your “joke” is silly. I also have a medical and public health background. Guess who my inspiration was to be a college athlete 15 years ago? That’s right, it was Allen Iverson. And now I am very successful and his passion for the game and realness in interviews helped me view life differently. Hopefully someday you will think outside the box and stop being so blinded by your own misconceptions and biases. It’s too bad the links I tried posting wouldn’t go through on this blog, but either way, he was not a terrible role model or people like me and half of my friends growing up would not all be doctors, lawyers, professional athletes, counselors, engineers, and teachers now. Even Chris Paul and Dwayne Wade admitted to wearing number 3 because they looked up to AI and think he is a great person. There is a lot to the guy that you are too biased to discern. Perhaps someday you will see that… not just with him, but about anyone you might come in contact with who you think is bad before getting to know them or know more about them from an honest angle. Good luck!

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    If you an attorney, i’m Brad Pitt.

  • Jordan Mitchell

    Is that the best you could come up with? Smh.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    You sure have a lot of time on your hands for a lawyer.

  • Jordan Mitchell

    Says the person who uses discus way more than I do… I went to Iverson’s retirement ceremony this past weekend and got this week off from work, so yes, I have some time this week, though I have many deadlines to meet for next week. I don’t even know why I’m responding to you since you were very closed minded. What a waste. It’s actually the lawyer in me who wants to defend and stand up for anything I am passionate about unfortunately.

  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    You should send Allen your card, he’ll be needing it in the future. I work for myself at home, if i want to be on discus, i have nobody to answer to. Maybe Allen will get into coaching, he seems like he would be good at teaching, since he made all the players around him better.