Allen Iverson: ‘I’m a smart dude that made mistakes’


It’s no secret I’m one of the only Pistons fans who still likes Allen Iverson after Joe Dumars’ little experiment a few years ago, and the transcript of this deposition by The Detroit News only cements that. Iverson was answering questions about a bar fight in Detroit that resulted in him being sued for $2.5 million and he was familiar with the attorney asking questions, Gregory Lattimer. Lattimer had previously won a successful judgement against Iverson. The transcript is full of highlights, including this one:

Iverson accused the lawyer of targeting him for a payday.

“I know you lurking. I know you lurking, man. I know you lurking,” Iverson said. “How the hell you live with (it)? You’ve been involved with three suits against me. You know what to do. You got a plan.”

Lattimer: “I just go to work every day.”

Iverson: “I know, and I’m the one that pay you, and you know it. But not this time jack. … I die before I let you get me this time.”

This exchange was also pretty classic:

Lattimer asked Iverson about his off-court problems and checkered reputation and invoked the name of Iverson’s coach at Georgetown University, John Thompson.

“John Thompson told me a long time ago that you’re one of the smartest kids that he (knows),” Lattimer said. “So I don’t think you’re dumb.”

Iverson: “I’m a smart dude that made mistakes.”

I don’t know if there has ever been a worse athlete-city pairing than Iverson with Detroit.