I don’t get sports.  I don’t get the home team spirit.  I don’t get the whole Super Bowl, Playoffs, Championships, World Series thing.  But I do get that I’m in the minority.   I also get that it’s a multi-billion dollar business in this country and it is what it is.  No one forces me to watch any of it so who wins or loses doesn’t affect my life in any way.  I just don’t care.

But every once in a while, I run across a story about a sports figure that catches my eye.  An article about “former NBA star Allen Iverson” is one of them.  (I have no idea who he is but he spent 14 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies.)

Although I don’t get why these guys get multi-million dollar contracts, they do.  According to the article, Mr. Iverson earned over $154 million during his time with the NBA.  But, if  some team was willing to pay him that kind of money, it’s not coming out of my wallet.

Why Mr. Iverson is in my “dumb people” category this week is the fact that in 2010 he ran up a jewelry bill of $375,000.  Now I’ve said this many times, as long as it’s not coming out of my tax dollars, people can do whatever they like with their own money.  So, if Mr. Iverson wants to spend his money on bling, I say, “go for it.”  But, he didn’t pay the bill.  As a result, a judge in Georgia ordered Mr. Iverson’s wages garnished to satisfy a judgment received by Aydin and Company Jewelers to collect $859,896.46 for the jewelry bill, court costs, interest and attorneys fees.

Whether Mr. Iverson blew through his $154 million or he just didn’t pay his bill, I haven’t a clue.  Whatever the reason, now having to pay over double what the initial purchases cost is just plain dumb.

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