Iverson wound up in the league’s crosshairs for more …

Iverson wound up in the league’s crosshairs for more than just his fashion sense. He never meant to be much of a smoker. But as his rookie season in Philadelphia started, he couldn’t put the drug down. “I used to smoke every goddamn day. It was the best feeling in the world,” he says. “I used to smoke and not drink shit. I used to smoke a blunt and drink a Corona and I’d be straight for the rest of the day.” He was arrested in August 1997, when police found a joint in his car on his way home from a party. In lieu of jail time, he agreed to random drug testing, every month, for two years. “Once they put me through that program for a year, I felt like it wasn’t worth it,” Iverson tells me. The mood in the room grows somber for a spell. It made parts of his rookie season with the Sixers miserable. “I had to take a hiatus,” he says. “That’s what mighta turned me into a maniac with this Dom Perigon. Cuz I can’t smoke no damn more.”
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