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#pounditTuesday, July 23, 2024

Allen Iverson Is a T.G.I. Friday’s Regular in Istanbul, Loves the Cheesesteak

It was announced in October that former NBA MVP would be taking his talents to Turkey after running out of interest from teams in the States. In typical Iverson fashion, the man missed his flight, so his rock-star like welcoming had to be put on hold for a few days. There were reports that Iverson was not enjoying his time in Turkey and wanted to come home, but that hasn’t happened. According to, Iverson has played nine games with his Besiktas team, averaging almost 14 points per game in Turkish league play.

Being in Turkey, Iverson is clearly displaced and out of his comfort zone. In order to help feel at home, he apparently has been dining at T.G.I Friday’s every single day, ordering up the Philly cheesesteak on the regular. Not ribs, not ribs, but cheesesteak. He says he tried it once, never previously realized how good it was, and that he’s returned every day to check it out. Apparently he’s tried to work out some sort of endorsement deal through their corporate office but nothing has happened. Given the way the people in Turkey love their Iverson, it might not be a bad business move for the restaurant chain.


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