NBA Star Allen Iverson of the Denver Nuggets was arrested outside of his Denver home early Wednesday morning. Officials from the organization had no comment and the team is scheduled to play the Lakers later today. The Virginia native, was charged with felony and misdemeanor charges where police allege that systemic and organized abuse of children was conducted out of a day care center owned by Allen Iverson for the purposes of gambling.
Felony charges include child abuse, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and conspiracy. If convicted of all charges, he faces over 400 years in prison.
Police claim the day care center Kiddie Kollege owned by Iverson was used to stage organized fighting between toddlers and small children for the purposes of gambling. The day care center is located in the Colfax district, just southwest of downtown Denver. The Denver District Attorney David Eagleson had no official comment but sources familiar with the case believe this is the first known incident of children being used in organized fighting. When asked to compare the alleged incidents to Michael Vick one official responded the two cases are nothing alike in brutality, dogs are just animals these were children. He continued these could have been anyone’s children and that the case has been very emotional for the parents, the police and everyone involved.
Police claim an out building behind the main nursery was used to conduct organized fighting matches between children in what have been described as cages. In the center of the 300 square foot building a waist high plywood ring had been constructed. One officer described the setup as something out of the movie gladiator.
Authorities were alerted to possible problems with the day care center when multiple children had been hospitalized and treated with unusual injuries including bruises, bites, eye gouging and in at least one case a partially severed ear.
This morning the day care center was closed and multiple phone calls to the center were unanswered.
The Kiddie Kollege Day Care Center whose website is currently offline due to heavy traffic.
Iverson has often been a controversial figure, dating back to his teenage years, including some troubles with the law. He sentenced to community service for driving while under the influence in 1997. In 2002 Iverson allegedly threw his wife Tawanna out of the mansion during a fight. The following night, an enraged Iverson later went looking for his wife at his cousin’s apartment. His cousin wouldn’t let him in (Iverson was the one who paid the rent for the house). According to the police report, Iverson repeatedly threatened to kill his cousin Charles Jones and Jones’s roommate while showing them a semi-automatic gun. Iverson was arrested and charged with 14 different counts. All charges were ultimately dropped after conflicting testimonies from witnesses. He was recently sued for his part in a nightclub brawl in Washington in 2005.
Allen Ezail Iverson born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia, nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. An 11-year veteran at the age of 32, he is considered to be one of the most prolific and consistent scorers in the history of the game.