Everyone knows that Allen is a pretty difficult guy to get along with," says an associate of Philadelphia 76ers superstar Allen Iverson. "And no one knows that better than his wife." Mrs. Iverson got a reminder of just how difficult when her husband, apparently convinced she was having an affair, threw her out of their $2.4 million mansion on July 1, clad in nothing but her panties. Now Iverson, 27, is facing arrest on criminal charges stemming from his armed hunt for his wife in the days after the fight. (Neither Iverson nor his lawyer returned calls.)
Iverson's temper is legendary, from a Valentine's Day brawl in high school that landed him in jail for four months to his on-court feuds with 76ers coach Larry Brown. But this time, the all-star seems to have outdone himself. After Tawanna failed to come home for a day, Iverson and his uncle went looking for her. At 3 a.m. on July 3 they banged on the door of Iverson's cousin, Shaun Bowman, who had driven Tawanna away the night of the fight. Bowman wasn't home, but his roommate Charles Jones was there with a friend. Jones told police that Iverson forced his way in, showing off a black handgun in his waistband and threatening Jones if he didn't reveal Tawanna's and Bowman's whereabouts.
Iverson faces 14 counts--from trespassing to terrorist threats--that could land him in prison for up to 54 years. "The marriage will be fine," says Iverson's associate. "The question is, will Allen's career survive it?"