Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  91 responses

Even the Casinos in Detroit Don’t Want Allen Iverson

by Marcel Mutoni

A.I.’s career in a Pistons uniform recently came to an unfortunate, embarrassing end. It now appears as though the rest of his stay in the city of Detroit – its gambling institutions, anyway – will face a similar fate.

Due to bad behavior, Iverson has reportedly been banned from setting foot in two of the city’s casinos

From the Detroit News:

Allen Iverson has gone from being a one-man economic stimulus plan for the city’s downtown casinos to persona non grata. He has spent a ton of money down there, but recently he’s been banned from both MGM and Greektown casinos.

The NBA is looking into a disturbance at Greektown that involved one of Iverson’s body guards. Iverson may have been trying to act as a peacemaker but his body guard was involved in some kind of tussle.

Iverson, though, has been banned mostly for his boorish behavior. He is a bad loser, and he loses a lot, often throwing his chips or cards at the dealer. He has been warned about improper behavior at the tables repeatedly. He is often loud and disruptive, according to witnesses, rude to dealers, other players and the wait staff. Earlier this season, Iverson caused a disturbance at a casino outside of Minneapolis. He’s also earned a bad reputation at Atlantic City.

The A.I. saga in Motown somehow manages to get more and more depressing with each passing day. It can’t end soon enough.

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  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    The CAnswer?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    forever young

  • IndyB.

    How much do you think he will be worth as a free agent this year?

  • IndyB.

    and will anybody want him?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    throwing chips and cards at the dealer? damn!

  • nate the great

    he needs to grow up, jeeze. now he wont go anywhere. nobody wants him. i agree with Jukai.. he the Canswer.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Nah, I don’t think he’s really that bad, I just thought that play on words was funny. There will be way more teams vying at him than you guys believe (as long as he’s not looking for a max deal)

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Damn. This is really bad.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    …And (TAD?)since when are there casinos in downtown Detroit?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    now it’s just sad. i really hope that he’ll get two solid years with the bobcats to re-establish his rep. score at will, show the young guys how it’s done…

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    More like forever stupid.

  • Luke

    I don’t see why they don’t just release AI and use Bynum in his place. It’s not like he hasn’t been playing damn well, and he makes a nice trio with Rip and Stuckey. Plus he drops 25 in a quarter. It’s too bad AI’s “back problem” won’t let him do that anymore…

  • Tuomas

  • Tuomas

    What’s a body guard though?

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

    Ciol: In the mid-90′s, the State of Michigan passed a law allowing allowing gambling and casinoes in the state. The first casino to open in the city of Detroit was in late ’99 (Motor City Casino I believe)

  • Tuomas

    Even if my Pistons would be swept by Cleveland, it can’t happen soon enough.

  • chazz

    yall don kno nuttin

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Thats pretty cool, TAD. I’m about to start Law School and am sort of interested in Gaming Law, particularly trying to lobby to bring some casino gaming to Texas.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    W.O.W. Boorish behavior. No kidding.

  • riggs

    i heard of his antics in atlantic city, i know a couple of guards at the hilton

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Amazing stuff. I think he’d behave better if casinos offered a Monopoly option.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    It would be funny if he suddenly retired for two years and went off to play minor league baseball.

  • bballrehab

    The Torpan Pojat plan to add him to their roster as soons as he’s old and broke.

  • George B

    negative AI stories sale. slam is trying to attract our attention.

  • Coach Master

    …let the chips fall where the may…

  • Coach Master

    it would be funny if he suddenly retired for two years and got some tats.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    And during that trip to Minneapolis where he dropped upwards of $10,000 at a local casino, he stiffed his cab driver with $50 on a $54 fare. So, um, yeah.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    ^in the dealer’s face?

  • Tuomas

    bballrehab: if Valavuori was still the GM and not a v*tun turha julkkis, I’m sure they’d try.

  • Tuomas

    I’m kind enough to censor Finnish curse words.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    So who looks good at that No. 15 spot in this draft?

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    I’ve been trying to hold back from saying this for so long but….. Is it me, or does almost everyone that has advocated for AI on slamonline lack the ability to spell?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Myles brings up a good point, despite the huge sums that Ivy regularly drops at these casinos they must still feel like they’re losing business because of his “boorish behavior”. I’m sure these places want nothing more than for him to continue to play, lose and probably tip big but they had to have had complaints from other “high rollers” who said they would find somewhere else to play if he was going to be there.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp


  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    “yall don kno nuttin”… How did you even TYPE THAT? I can talk that way easy… but TYPE? Step it up!

  • Jacob

    Iverson as a peacemaker? AI has come a long way hasnt he?

  • http://www.eric32woodyard.wordpress Eric Woodyard

    my dad said he seen him the other day at the casino trying to see if they would let him in…he sent one of his advisors in to see if they would let him back in while he sat outside looking sad in a benz waiting on the results…lol

  • Tommy Patron

    Why is he turning into a douche?

  • Wayno

    I like “The Canswer”, but I’ve got a new one…wait for it…. Allen “CRYverson”(TM)!!!!

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    He’s fading away into Bolivia …

  • bulldog

    A.I. (Ain’t Intelligent)

  • J

    Nice swipe at MJ, Lang. Even though MJ was definitely addicted and a well documented sore loser (and bad tipper), did he ever throw fits at the table by throwing cards/chips at dealers or players? I don’t even recall the NY Post having that story.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    you know it’s bad for ai when even allenp can’t do nothing but lhao.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Eric Woodyard: damn.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Is Joe Dumars the pit boss at that casino?

  • reggie haters

    You can always count on a city/state that has been decimated by the current economy to still abuse the citizens with a casino. “CANswer” was great by the way. And it has been on for a little bit now, but i hate the way Iverson’s goin out, it’s a shame, he was the king at one point.

  • reggie haters

    and langgggg what kinda dog was that man!?!?

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    hope we see AI and Starbury in Italy next year.

  • Prison Mike

    I just want to know if Stucky is still gonna give up #3 next year if Iverson stays.

  • http://aol.com truf

    He should just take his game overseas. get paid and play in peace.

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

    Prison Mike: Iverson has as much a chance of playing in Detroit next season as Mike Vick has of being a host of a dog show.

  • J

    Lang is on a roll today. Larry Brown is the GM of the casino.

  • Wayno

    I’d go to that dog show…

  • ciroqobama

    Dude has always been a D*ck… now he’s just a way past-his-prime D*ck.

  • Coffeebean

    “The CAnswer” is the cleverest thing I’ve ever seen on any message board, ever.

  • Tuomas

    It was also old about two months ago, no matter how clever it might be.

  • joe

    Maybe he needs to PRACTICE at cards.

  • Tuomas

    My apologies, THAT was old.

  • donlaker

    so i guess allen gets another cover, but this time add some dice and a crap table(slam)
    and get me a six pack while you are at it

  • Prison Mike

    I’m sure he will still start in the ASG next year.

  • doyouwantmore

    AI is the Joe Pesci of the NBA.

  • Tavoris

    MJ was an entirely different dynamic, as he WAS the NBA during his prime. The Michael Jordan Machine killed EVERY potentially bad story. Sports reporters would be out of a job if they weren’t able to cover MJ.

  • donlaker

    @doyouwantmore a.i. should hit joe dumars with a shovel like pesci did in goodfellas.
    and i see him on the clippers once they get rid of b dizzle a.i in l.a , the clippers would sell mad seats

  • rey

    ALLEN IVERSON, is most excitement player in nba,, boooooooo piston fans,,, loooser

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

    I’m one of the biggest AI and Pistons fans around, but even I can’t defend this. Some of ya’ll are straight trippin’.

  • Wayno

    What do you expect with that kind of trash. That guy is a washed up thug loser.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    I wasn’t laughing at AI. I was laughing at the situation…
    I think this next year will make or break AI. He’s always going to be my favorite, but next year he either silences the critics again, or he goes quietly into the night as a footnote in NBA history. It’s his choice.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    he will fade away the next few years – no teams will want him…. unless he backs up Stephon Marbury in Boston….

  • that dude

    Sometimes keeping it real goes wrong

  • Pardeep

    Negative AI stories get so much attention. Not wen there positive tho

  • Dave

    There’s a lot of people on here/out there who’ve just been waiting for this opportunity to take AI down. The “How long does he think he can keep playing those minutes at that pace?/Even though he shows no signs of slowing down he will one day” gang finally gets to crow about sinking the boot in. Hooray.

  • Kozmic

    It really sucks to be AI right now. This is just another case when keeping it real goes the wrong way…man I miss Chappelle show

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The little warrior doesn’t seem to be intereested in hardwood battle anymore….Its sad because you always thought that he was a player that was going to go out on his own terms…. at the top. a winner. and that seems to be falling further and further from his grasp….

  • Wayno

    He only damages his own reputation. He doesn’t have enough common sense to know that when you’re under the spotlight of the media, it doesn’t matter what good you do, the bad stuff (which is alot) is always going to be the big story. All these moronic AI fans don’t get the whole idea of personal responsibility for your actions aparently because to them it’s never his fault, it’s all the media…what a joke…

  • ktokyo

    The Cawnser BWAAAHAHAHA! Awesome.

  • http://www.nba.com iLL wiLL

    This is sad, real talk. AI has fallen the f*ck off. Badly.

  • Nashty

    Ai being rude to people? Whoa, how could this be? With that said, I did sit next to a NBA player, Jarron Collins (at a black jack table once in Bellagio, Las Vegas. He is about the nicest person you can meet.

  • larrylegend

    drug tests should be taken.

  • http://www.for-sports-sake.blogspot.com/ Faz

    A.I has been a hero to a lot of young kids all over the world. Its a shame to see how some one with so much power to influence people positively, can be so negative and unpredictable.

  • Slobodan Chutzpah

    It now seems baffling that I once extolled his virtues at every juncture and genuinely believed the hype about him being burdened with poor teammates who were robbing him of his rightful opportunity to win a title. The past years seem to beg the question: is Iverson, because of his ability to scintillate with his unusual skill set, the most overrated NBA star of the last decade (seeing that his teams do not win anything of note; he’s a very low-efficiency player who cannot adapt to a team concept; his old teams become instantly better when he leaves; etc.)?

  • littleshotlarry

    Detroit Free Press: “The Internet was ablaze Tuesday with a rumor claiming that Allen Iverson recently had been banned from MGM and Greektown casinos. However, Greektown casino spokesman Riley Meredith said Iverson has not been banned from the casino, nor did he know if Iverson has ever been warned about improper behavior at the casino. And MGM Grand Detroit spokesman Jamaine Dickens also said Iverson has not been banned from that casino and added he is unaware of any behavior problems involving the athlete at MGM Grand.”

    I knew something was fishy about this story.

  • Tuomas

    What, are you suggesting that we can’t trust news or newspapers any more?? Whatever the case, the playoffs can’t start soon enough.

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  • Aristotle

    He’s not the first and he won’t be the last to get banned from a casino for bad behaviour. But he is Allen Iverson, and as a loved NBA player, future Hall of Famer and a father and hsuband…. he really needs to get his act together, grow up, show more maturity, respect, and responsibility.

    As for Allen Iverson the player… many teams can benefit from having him on the team. Love him or hate hime in all of his NBA playing days he’s been the underdog, who tries to do it all if at times too much. Passionate, aggressive, selfish, wants to win, and is his self. All he needs now is to become that all-star bench player that comes in and does what the coach asks of him to change the game.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Fred34

    Tell the dealers to learn to T him up and relax already sheet.

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  • Tavoris

    Aristotle, the casinos have all publicly claimed that AI has NOT been banned, nor warned.

  • bakers-dozen (12-13_

    Iverson a bad loser? Like that’s news…

  • Quail

    i hope they find a way for him and al jefferson to play together in Minnesota

  • Aristotle

    Well being in Australia, I haven’t come across that article just yet Tavoris, but thanks for informing me. In the end, if his behaviour was not appropriate in the way he plays the casino games and can’t stand losing, he just needs to realise the status he has as an NBA player, and the way the community sees him.

  • http://slamonline.cm robert

    thats what im talking about AI i wish i can throw more then chip at these damn indian casinos in conn.