A federal judge in Detroit dismissed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Allen Iverson today. The suit had been filed as a result of a bar fight two years ago that allegedly involved Iverson. The Detroit News obtained a transcript of Iverson's deposition, during which he was questioned by a lawyer who had won a $260,000 judgment against him a few years back. The lawyer, Gregory Lattimer, also told the newspaper he had reached a settlement with Iverson in an additional, unrelated case. Their familiarity with one another thus made for a fascinating exchange. Get ready. This is fun.
From the Detroit News's reading of the transcript:
"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 …"
"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."
Lattimer asked Iverson about his prior arrests and convictions and if he's been arrested since 2008.
"No man," Iverson said. "You watch TV?"
"I do," Lattimer said.
"All right then you would know. … You would know if something happened to me."
Then, the men started using basketball metaphors to describe the legal battle [sic]
"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."
After nearly two hours, Lattimer said he appreciated Iverson sitting for the deposition.
"Go to hell," Iverson said.
Courting trouble: Allen Iverson talks trash in bar fight lawsuit [Detroit News]
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