Allen Iverson didn’t show up for a scheduled Big3 game Sunday in Dallas and gave the fledgling basketball league no reason for his absence. On Monday, TMZ Sports reported that Iverson was seen “gambling in a Chicago area casino hours before” he was suppose to be on the court as coach and captain of his team, 3’s Company.
According to TMZ, Iverson was at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Ill., from Saturday night until approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, and around 10 p.m., the former NBA all-star was witnessed wearing the same clothing at a nearby restaurant.
On Saturday, the Big3 issued a statement when Iverson’s absence in Dallas became known, saying it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the no-show. No statement has been released since TMZ’s report.
Iverson has battled alcohol and gambling problems in the past. In 2010, Stephen A. Smith, then of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reported that the former 76ers player had been banned from casinos in Detroit and Atlantic City, N.J.
Earlier this month, the NBA Hall of Famer decided against playing in Philadelphia, where he played 12 NBA seasons, because of health concerns. The league was heavily criticized for not announcing the decision before tip-off, with the only forewarning coming from Iverson’s own Instagram account, on which he posted a message about half an hour before the games began.
At the time, the league’s creator, rapper Ice Cube, said the decision was “disappointing to everybody, including myself,” but said doctors had told Iverson not to get out of bed, “and he came anyway.”
Iverson’s team, 3’s Company, was scheduled to play team Power. DerMarr Johnson, who played for four NBA teams from 2000 to 2008, filled in as captain and coach Sunday, according to the league’s news release.