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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  11 responses

Allen Iverson Said He’s ‘No Mob Boss’, Had Lawsuit Dismissed


Allen Iverson, it turns out, is just as aggressive in the courtroom as he used to be on the basketball floor. The Detroit News captures an amazing scene from A.I.’s last court hearing: “Iverson sat for a combative deposition in August during which he spoke for the first time about a much-publicized Detroit bar fight that led to him being sued for $2.5 million in federal court. Iverson won the case Tuesday when a judge dismissed the lawsuit. The deposition pitted Iverson against Washington, D.C., lawyer Gregory Lattimer, who won a $260,000 judgment against Iverson a few years ago … ‘I die before I let you get me this time,’ Iverson tells the lawyer. ‘I’m as clean as the Board of Health man. I get sued for stuff I don’t got nothing to do with. I ain’t involved with. Ain’t nobody never said … I touched them,’ Iverson, 36, said. ‘I don’t do nothing to nobody, buddy.’ Lattimer had a quick reply. ‘The head honcho ain’t supposed to,’ he said. Iverson: ‘Yeah, I ain’t no damn mob boss. I don’t live my life like that. I got five kids. I don’t put that on their head. That’s a fairytale that y’all living in …’ … 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.’ … Then, the men started using basketball references to describe the legal battle. ‘Well, I hear you, but you’re on my court …,’ Lattimer said. ‘Man, this is my court,’ Iverson responded. ‘This is the line and we got a ball in here. This is my court. I know I’m gonna win this one. I gonna move in front of you.’ ‘You wasn’t moving before,’ Lattimer said. Iverson: ‘Man, whatever.’ 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.’ Lattimer asked Iverson, who traveled to Detroit from his home in Atlanta for the deposition, if he was staying in Detroit indefinitely. ‘No, I’m gonna get back to my kids. But I don’t know. I might stay here and have some fun if I can. You want to go out?’ Lattimer: ‘That would be epic.’ Lattimer later said he’s a homebody. ‘See, I told you I knew you ain’t got no friends,’ Iverson teased. ‘The only way you gonna have friends is they read to you, read you bedtime stories or something like that.’ After nearly two hours, Lattimer said he appreciated Iverson sitting for the deposition. ‘Go to hell,’ Iverson said.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    lol, that was a really funny read.

    ‘See, I told you I knew you ain’t got no friends,’ Iverson teased. ‘The only way you gonna have friends is they read to you, read you bedtime stories or something like that.’ After nearly two hours, Lattimer said he appreciated Iverson sitting for the deposition. ‘Go to hell,’ Iverson said.”

    That part made me laugh out loud.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    TOO FUNNY. ESP THE LAST PART.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    LOL. what way to start the day.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gabriel-a-feldman/the-legal-issues-behind-t_2_b_1081107.html Allenp

    Only Bubba Chuck.

  • burnt_chicken

    YES!

  • tavoris

    that prick deserved every barb thrown at him

  • http://sportsnickel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/silvastpierre.jpg Jukai

    Wow. Everyone here knows I am not an Allen Iverson apologist, but he’s sued Iverson THREE TIMES? Damn, doesn’t he know as a lawyer that sh*t just looks fishy?

  • http://gmail.com z

    Same lawyer. Has sued this cat 3 times…allen iverson, I’m tellin ya, is the most targeted, most hated on, counter culture athlete since ali in the 60′s. All al’s haters can hate on all day, but they’re only going to be preaching to themselves bc, like ali, al will wind up with the love from all corners that he deserves. He just needs to stay active in the community (jim brown style) and the truth will come out in due time. Al’s a good guy man. Definitely has made some bad choices, tho. But still that only has served to help make him the most compelling athlete of his generation, a guy we could never get outta the conversation. Hope he gets another shot at a ring (he won’t. Anybody who can’t bring themselves to accept he’s bein blacklisted by stern is on some republican-level stupidity), but even if not his legacy’s intact.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    This needs to be on tape. AI ftw.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Co-me-dy.
    This should be made into a sketch.
    Fantastic exchange and what a punchline.
    ‘go to hell’. Classic.

  • Monique

    Good for you Allen Iverson! I hope that other athletes/famous people follow your lead and fight back, stand up. Maybe then people will not target the rich and famous with lies hoping for a big payday, with a settlement out of court. Alot of these leaches know that athletes, actors, performers etc. are just too busy to fight back, starting a reputation for fighting back will make some think twice before lying and going to court for money that they have no right too.

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