It is no secret former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson is in desperate need of money after a judge ordered him to pay an $859,896 fine after failing to respond to a lawsuit he initially started with Aydin & Company Jewelers. However, I do not think anyone could have foreseen playing a different sport to be the answer.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Major Indoor Soccer League’s Rochester Lancers offered a contract to Iverson to appear in their last two remaining home games. According to the Rochester Lancers website, Iverson will be paid $20,000 per game and will receive bonuses for goals scored, victories and sales in merchandise. The Lancers have offered to pay him $5,000 per goal scored and considering some players score in double figures per game, it could be a good way to earn some extra cash. The team will pay for him and his family to stay in Rochester.
“Allen Iverson is one of the premier athletes of our time,” said Vice President Rich Randall, according to the Lancers’ website. “With his athleticism and competitive hunger, I think he can be a great fit with our team and fans as we make an important playoff push, while also driving interest to an exciting, growing sport.”
I understand professional athletes are very talented and athletic which means it is possible for them to be good at several different sports. However, usually that other sport is golf. I am not sure if Iverson has ever played soccer but it is certainly not one of those things you can just pick up, especially playing in an indoor league. The game is extremely fast paced and completely different than playing on a wide-open field with grass.
I also understand that Iverson is in need of a quick way to generate money which means he might actually take the Lancers up on their offer. It is a no-brainer for Rochester to offer this kind of contract because they will easily generate a profit with the publicity, merchandise and rise in attendance. They really do not have a lot to lose considering they will only be paying him for two games.
If I were Iverson I would take the deal. Even though $40,000, plus the possible incentives, is nowhere near the $850,000 he owes it could go a long way. Not to mention, it does not seem the NBA will be calling his name anytime soon.