Allen Iverson to Officer: 'Don't You Know Who I Am?'
Allen Iverson [Associated Press]
Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix
April 08, 2011
ATLANTA, GA – Allen Iverson has lots and lots of fancy cars.
At least, that’s what he told an Atlanta cop in a fit of pique during a traffic stop in Buckhead last week.
The former NBA star hurled one expletive after another at the officer who pulled over his gray 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago around 6 p.m. on March 30, according to a police report obtained by the AJC Wednesday night. The stop near the intersection of Peachtree and Piedmont roads occurred because the officer saw the sports car switch lanes without signaling.
Iverson, who was a passenger in his own car, grew impatient during the stop and wanted to get out and walk to a nearby restaurant. He was getting “irate” and the driver, Antwuan Clisby, was getting “angry,” Officer S.J. Durham wrote in the report. Their behavior prompted a call for a backup officer.
The car had a dealer tag, and after running it through a computer, Durham realized it was two years old.
When a tow truck was called, Iverson got really steamed.
“Take the vehicle, I have 10 more,” he reportedly told Durham. “Police don’t have anything else [expletive] to do except [expletive] with me. … Do you know who I am?”
For the next 20 minutes, according to the officer, Iverson “went on and on” about who he was.
“I stated to Mr. Iverson, it really doesn’t matter who you are,” Durham wrote. “You tried to conceal your vehicle with a fake drive-out tag due to you not paying for your tags.”
Apparently the tag fee on a Lambo is kind of pricey. Clisby, Iverson’s driver, responded: “Would you want to pay $10,000 for a tag?”
On the “value stolen” line in the report, the officer wrote $10,000.
Iverson and his driver were released and a tow truck hauled away the Lamborghini. Clisby was cited for failure to signal while changing lanes and for driving a vehicle with an expired tag.
Iverson eventually calmed down.
He returned to the scene “and apologized for disrespecting the police,” Durham wrote. “He stated he was just upset about his car.”