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allen iverson about to be arrested
for pulling a gun on 2 men while looking for his wife.
Police are prepared to arrest Allen Iverson on charges he barged into a home with a gun and threatened two men while looking for his wife.
"We feel there's enough evidence there now to do what we've got to do -- arrest him," said Philadelphia police Lt. Michael Chitwood, who participated in an investigation of the NBA star.
Police planned to ask the district attorney Wednesday to approve charges against Iverson of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats. Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001, their first appearance in 18 years.
Among the eight felony and misdemeanor charges could face: simple assault, reckless endangering of other people, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime, violations of the uniform firearms act, burglary and criminal trespass, police said. Iverson does not have a permit to carry a weapon.
If District Attorney Lynne Abraham approves the charges, a warrant would be issued and the Philadelphia guard would be asked to surrender, police said.
Prosecutors have not gotten word from police about Iverson, the district attorney's office said Tuesday night.
"When we receive paperwork from the Police Department, we will review it," said Cathie Abookire, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
Iverson has not commented publicly, and no one answered the intercom on Tuesday outside his suburban Philadelphia mansion.
The 76ers said Tuesday night they had been advised "charges are imminent."
"We will continue to support Allen while we await the outcome of these proceedings," the statement said.
Iverson's lawyer, Tom Shuttleworth, declined comment Tuesday. Another lawyer for the player, Lawrence Woodward Jr., met with police on Monday.
"It's inappropriate for a lawyer to comment about a pending investigation. We have confidence in the legal system and we're going to let the process run its course," Shuttleworth, of Virginia Beach, Va., said Tuesday.
One man inside the apartment said the basketball star had a gun. Charles Jones, 21, who met with police Tuesday, told reporters Iverson threatened him and another man in the early hours of July 3.
Iverson is accused of going to the apartment to look for his wife, Tawanna, and cousin, Shaun Bowman, who lives there. Neither was there, said Jones, who has lived in the apartment since March.
Jones declined to reveal what Iverson said or how he threatened him. Jones said Iverson had a black handgun but did not brandish it. Chitwood refused to release further details.
In 1993, Iverson was arrested in a Hampton, Va., bowling alley brawl and spent four months in prison before then-Gov. Douglas Wilder granted clemency. The Virginia Court of Appeals overturned the conviction in 1995.
In 1997, Iverson pleaded no contest to a gun charge after police in Richmond, Va., stopped a car in which he was a passenger and found a gun belonging to Iverson and two marijuana cigarettes. He pleaded no contest to the gun charge, and a marijuana-possession charge was dropped. He was sentenced to probation.
Chitwood said investigators initially were skeptical of the accusations against the player.
"When you take their story on the face of it, it doesn't seem plausible," Chitwood said. "But as you start to dig in further and further and further, it became clear to us it's true."
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When these stories, and there seem to be a lot of them recently, come out, we often hear that althletes are just a subset of the greater societal whole, vulnerable to the same afflictions.
They are not. A highly disproportionate number of them are nuts.
When you are "larger than life" so to say... Your subconscience allows you to think like you cannot get caught... Or that some rules don't apply to you.
Not that some celebrities arent just nuts... But I think there's a bigger % in the common population that are just nuts...
Some people are born to be criminals. I believe that. That no matter what you do...They will break the law. Others...are groomed to be.