July 10, 2007, - 2:37 pm

Jury to Iverson: If You Don’t Control Your Posse Thugs, You Must Pay (But Only a Little)

By Debbie Schlussel
Three cheers to a federal jury in Washington, DC, which awarded $260,000 to one of two men who sued NBA star and thug-in-chief Allen Iverson, after they were beaten by his entourage at a nightclub in 2005.
(For those who think it’s a racist verdict, not so fast. Marlin Godfrey, Iverson’s victim, who received the jury award is also Black.)
Still, $260,000–$250,000 of which was punitive damages–is too small. It should have been ten times that. For the multi-gazillionaire Iverson, it has the impact of an ant urinating on the sidewalk. He barely notices. It’s well past time that America–not just juries–sent a loud message to pro athletes that their posse thug mentality and behavior will no longer be tolerated.

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Said Jury foreman Dave Peterson: “there was no question” that Iverson was negligent in failing to control [bodyguard Jason] Kane that night.
For too long, pro athletes and their posses have gotten away with murder (in the case of NFL star Ray Lewis) and other sickening results of the thuggery of themselves and their “posse” entourages. NFL star “Pacman” Jones’ victim, Tom Urbanski, is permanently paralyzed and must go to the bathroom through a catheter for the rest of his life, all because Jones wanted to see what would happen at a strip club if he threw tens of thousands of dollars in cash on the floor. His friends fired shots when people ran to pick up the money. (Urbanski was moonlighting as a bouncer at the Vegas strip club, saving enough money to put his wife through law school.)
It’s time for America to say, “Enough Is Enough.” But since they won’t even say it to terrorists, I don’t hold my breath for them to send a similar message to the Iversons, Lewises, and Joneses of the sports world.
If Allen Iverson–who has a history of violence and crime–is really “the Answer,” I have to wonder what the heck the question was.
Read some of my previous work on Allen Iverson, NBA Thug-in-Chief.

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12 Responses

Is that a tatoo of a crescent moon and star on his neck?

proudnavybrat on July 10, 2007 at 3:33 pm

“Enough is enough?” But who takes Americans seriously? Let them waddle around with pizza posteriors, saying (between bites) “Enough is enough. ”
And thugs, whether the NBA or Koran variety, are supposed to take them seriously?
Won’t happen—not till the air smells something like apocalypse.

gringoman on July 10, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Only pussies need “possies”. This is what happens when you take an uneducated street thug and throw millions at his feet just to throw a ball around. Can’t the team fire his sorry ass?

spiffo on July 10, 2007 at 3:49 pm

This is a fucking joke Ö You white fucks are so quick to call someone a ìTHUGîÖ.. The Guy is worth millions of dollars, that why he has a security team with him at all times. I donít know if you seen the latest story on another ìThug Athleteî but Antwan Walker arrived at his house last night and at his surprise someone was waiting for him, they robbed his house, took his car and could have easily killed him!!! Iím personally sick of the some of the biggest thugs in this country that get little attention form dumb ass blogers like your selfÖ for example- George W Bush. -the real meaning of a thug. This guy has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children and people like you want to shine the light on a case you no nothing about. Stick to your day jog you stupid fuck!!! Write an article on the things that really affect the world, not by using demeaning words to get attention. AND IíM GONE….

BlackCat on July 10, 2007 at 4:14 pm

And what are you suppose to be…some repersenter of me and other black americans? After everything you just said, you seem to repersent every thug that we’re forced ro take seroiusly.
The biggest joke is you, and no I’m not a bush supporter. But I do have common sense and a sense of reality. So please take your chap stick, your death buster views, and go back to work for the ACLU.

Squirrel3D on July 10, 2007 at 6:31 pm

blackcat, you are a tool and suffer from BDS…sorry to hear that.
This guy IS a thug. These guys need to be taught a lesson.

Highrise on July 10, 2007 at 6:57 pm

I don’t think you can lump Ray Lewis in with Iverson or these other clowns. From what I remember reported on that night, Lewis’ party twice walked away from the group that eventually attacked he and his friends. The fracas was initiated when one of the deceased “victims” cracked a full jumbo-sized champagne bottle (a deadly weapon) over the head of one of the accused. A member of the “victim” group later shot at Lewis’ limousine. No witnesses said he was involved in the actual fighting. I donít think thereís been negative reporting on Lewis since, since he ditched those hangers on. The difference between he and Pacman Jones and AI, is that those clowns have kept violent, criminally minded people near them. AI is a thug, and proud of it, the violence that surrounds these guys is invited, not accidental.

Staypositive on July 10, 2007 at 7:43 pm

BC,
thanks, I will stick to my day jog… keeps me in shape.

spiffo on July 10, 2007 at 7:57 pm

If you’ve ever seen Iverson’s Mother and the way she behaves you’ll understand why he’s a thug. He was doomed from the start. BTW Black Cat, you have no fvcking idea what color I am. It’s a nice light brown due to my Cherokee heritage in case you give a shit. Don’t paint all Causcasions with the same brush and use your spell checker too. I suggest you read a little bit about the Derrick Fisher post. There a hundreds of NBA players and with the exception of Iverson, Latrell Sprewell, and a few other shit-stains they’re all pretty decent folks.

Rich B on July 10, 2007 at 9:34 pm

blackcat probably didn’t even see the story about derek fisher. He’s a hit and run death buster. Post his 15 minutes of fame, and runs out like the little pu*** he is.

Squirrel3D on July 11, 2007 at 3:01 am

They only PU*** in this world belongs to your mother Little Squirrel3D. I don’t need or want any fame ass wipe…. Just saying what a lot of people think. And I’m Gone….

BlackCat on July 11, 2007 at 7:50 am

I am uncomfortable with the jury’s decision. It sets a questionable precedent. Unless, of course, there is complicity and the body guards have to share in the payment of the award.
I can not avoid thinking that the ‘victims’ wanted to get ‘paid.’ And, no I am not dismissing the actions of the ‘body guards.’ I suspect that they might require better training. Being a body guard is recognized as a defensive position, and not an offensive position.
No doubt there was a certain amount of chest thumping going on. On the part of the ‘victims’ and definitely on the part of the body guards. Things obviously got out of hand.
BTW, Allen Iverson’s charity event is this weekend. My hope is that no one decides to pick a fight with him, or his body guards, in the hope of getting ‘paid.’

zyzzyg on July 11, 2007 at 9:14 am

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