Barnes: Former teammate Iverson spent $40,000 at strip clubs

By Alex Butler  |  April 10, 2015 at 7:15 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, April 10 (UPI) -- It only took half of a season for NBA legend Allen Iverson to make an impression on a young Matt Barnes.

In a feature written by Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard, Barnes said that Iverson introduced him to the NBA off-court experience of strip club spending.

"Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs," Barnes said. "That guy went. HARD. He'd throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s--- under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He'd throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I'm like, 'You realize what I can do with this money?'

After being drafted in the second round at No. 45 overall, Barnes has played on eight different teams since 2003. Barnes, 35, played in 50 games for the 76ers in 2005 and has played with teh Los Angeles Clippers since 2010. In 776 career games, Barnes has a .44 percent shooting percentage, averaging 8.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.

Despite his strip club escapades and being ordered to pay up $859,896.46 to a Georgia jeweler in 2012, Iverson is not broke. According to the New York Post, he has a an account worth more than $32 million, which he cannot touch until he is 55-years-old. The account pays him $1 million annually. Following that 2012 article, the Washington Post reported that Iverson lost half of the trust in a divorce settlement.

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