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Allen Iverson in Tears Talking About His Scholarship Program

Jul 9, 2009 – 6:50 PM
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I'm about as cynical as they get when it comes to Allen Iverson (ahem, Exhibit A), but the raw emotion he displays in this video of him talking to student athletes at his summer camp completely caught me off guard. Iverson has performed this "me against the world" monologue dozens of times in his 13-year career, but this is the first time I can recall him revealing just how much he's been affected by criticism.

Should it change your feelings about the man? Not necessarily; truth be told, he brings a lot of the negativity surrounding him upon himself. But at the very least, it should remind you that behind the "tough as nails" exterior, the man is not a caricature. He's been handsomely rewarded for the public life that he's chosen, but having all of his shortcoming dissected by millions of people every day of his career has clearly taken its toll. (via HoopsHype)
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