Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  18 responses

Allen Iverson Learns that Bodyguards Aren’t for Beating Up Other People

And that lesson is going to cost him a hefty sum: “Pistons star Allen Iverson must pay $260,000 for standing idly by and watching his bodyguard beat up another man in a 2005 bar fight, a federal appeals court ruled today. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the guard’s attempt to throw out the verdict decided by a jury in 2007. Bar patron Marlin Godfrey accused Iverson’s bodyguard, Jason Kane, of punching, kicking and hitting him with a bottle because he refused to vacate the VIP section at Washington club Eyebar to make way for the basketball star and his entourage. Godfrey suffered a concussion, a ruptured eardrum, a burst blood vessel in his eye, a torn rotator cuff, cuts and bruises, and emotional injuries.”

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  • Gumdrop

    Scoop wrote an article about a year ago that had to do with this stuff. His point was that athletes tend to just hire big, tough guys rather than security people who will actually, you know, make things safer.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    This is settled 4 years later?? Gotta love our judicial system.

  • DJR

    It must’ve been a decked out VIP section if it took all those injuries before Godfrey decided to move seats….inappropriate??

  • rav

    what a joke – the one who should pay is the bodyguard, not AI

  • doyouwantmore

    It says in the article he beat up the guy “to make way for the NBA star and his entourage”. Gotta hate that when people won’t leave your VIP section.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Move beach get out the way, get out way,

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    This type a murder don’t need to hook, just 40 f*ckin’ bars from a mouth of a crook

  • http://karanmadhok.blogspot.com karan

    “emotional injuries”

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    … Where does it say anything about Al telling his dumb@ss bodyguard to kick the sh!t out of some random guy? Charge the d@mn bodyguard!

  • wilz

    emotional injuries is definitely the funniest part

  • monique

    emotional injuries lmfao dont give me jokes

  • http://nba.com tealish

    That’s lame. Just cause he got money.

  • Nate James

    wow. 4 years later?

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I’ll be suffering emotional injuries if Allen Iverson screws over the Pistons in the playoffs…

  • chintao

    Don’t laugh guys. My feelings also would be hurt if someone told me that I didn’t belong in the V.I.P.

  • whooo!

    major props to Anton for reviving that verse!

  • Jack

    Chintao, have you even been in a VIP section? If so, I don’t think your feelings would be hurt so bad that you need 260g’s to make it feel better.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Guys, those are serious injuries. It’s hard to believe that AI couldn’t have stopped his bodyguard from murking dude. I would believe that the guy didn’t put up much resistance and was prolly willing to vacate the area after the first hit or even before. But yeah, maybe nba guys should just hire real, trained security officers who want to protect their client and not just eff people up.