Who is Tawanna Turner?
Tawanna Turner is the celebrity ex-wife of the well-recognized former professional National Basketball Association (NBA) legend, Allen Iverson. Her exact date of birth isn’t unknown, but apparently in 1975, the same as her husband, in Hampton, Virginia; she holds American nationality.
Early life, Family, and Career
Nothing is known about her family, background, and early life. She attended Bethel High School, located in Hampton.
Additionally, not much is known about her professional life, whether she pursued any career, however, with five offspring she would eventually have a full-time job as a housewife!
How did she meet Allen Iverson?
She and Allen met in 1991, while they were both attending Bethel High School.
Tawanna Turner, the mother of five, is the wife of the famous ex-NBA star Allen Iverson. The duo started dating when…
After dating for ten years, they married on 3 August 2001 in a lavish ceremony in the Mansion on Main Street located in Voorhees, New Jersey. They welcomed five children together Isaiah, Tiaura, Allen II, Messiah Lauren, and Dream Alijha.
Just one year after they married, various issues began to surface in the speciously perfect relationship between the two. Allen reportedly kicked unclothed Tawana out of their house while they were arguing and then proceeded to chase her around the neighborhood. After seeking refuge in one of her relative’s residences, Allen found her and barged with a gun tucked in his waistband. However, the gun was never found, and Allen was never accused of illegal gun possession. Allen later claimed that the whole unpleasant situation never happened, and it was just a simple dispute between spouses that was blown out of proportion.
Tawana filed for divorce twice. The first time she wanted to separate was in 2009, but Allen begged her not to do it, and she changed her mind. In 2011, she filed for divorce again, which was finalized in 2013.
Why did they divorce?
Besides ongoing issues, Tawanna accused Allen of cheating on her several times throughout their 10-year marriage. However, the main problem was his propensity for uncontrolled gambling and excessive alcohol consumption, which caused him to blow a large part of his wealth. Despite his famed reputation, NBA deal, and several multi-million dollar contracts with numerous brands, he reportedly spent more than he would make.
At one point, he was allegedly spending $360,000 a month, even though his cash flow couldn’t support that lifestyle, resulting in a mountain of debt that could not be paid.
Additionally, in 2011 Tawanna was forced to sell her high-end items and jewelry to pay for her children’s tuition.
Burying the Hatchet
Despite their problems, just a couple of months after the divorce was finalized, they reconciled and focused on rebuilding their relationship and co-parenting. In one of the interviews, Allen said: “I had to realize, basically, she was trying to get my attention any way she could. She was at the end of the rope. There’s nothing else I can do but show her how serious I am. I’m so much more dedicated to my girl, and I’m there for my kids more than I was ever there.” After he retired from basketball, the family resided in North Carolina, Georgia.
Interestingly, even though they had their fair share of ups and downs, Allen never shied away from showing his love and respect for Tawanna.
In his 2016 Hall of Fame Induction speech, he revealed: ‘My number one person in the world, hands down. Tawanna Iverson. Twenty-four years. Ups. Downs. But real love. Thank you for loving me the way you do. And caring about what type of person I am and what type of person that I need to be to set an example for our babies.’
Given that he occasionally shares a photo of Tawanna to his Instagram account with heartwarming captions, it’s safe to assume that they are still on good terms, and reputedly living together, supporting their five kids. In May 2021, he posted a photo of Tawanna with captions: “Happy Mother’s Day”.
What is her net worth?
Given that she’s been living under the radar for the last six years and her professional life is a mystery, it’s unknown what her current net worth is.
However, in 2013 she walked away with $3 million after divorcing Allen Iverson. Additionally, it‘s believed that she has been receiving a hefty sum in child support for their five children. On the other hand, as of 2021, Allen Iverson’s wealth is estimated at $1 million, what’s left of what he earned through his career as an NBA player.
Her height and weight are unknown. Her natural hair is dark brown and curly, further adorned with brown eyes.
It appears that she’s not a fan of social media and doesn’t have an official Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account. On the other hand, Allen is very active on his Instagram account, which boasts over 10.2 million followers.
Briefly about Allen Iverson
A Virginia native, Allen was born on 7 June 1975 to a single mother Ann Iverson, apparently when she was 15. He was given her maiden last name, as his father abandoned her after she got pregnant. Growing up he displayed interest and propensity for sports, and during his high school days, he became very active in basketball and even played for the Amateur Athletic Union team.
Allen played college basketball for Georgetown University for two years (1994-1996), after which he declared for the 1996 NBA draft. He was selected the first pick overall by the Philadelphia 76ers and after his first season won the Rookie of the Year award, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. At 6 feet or 1m80, he’s the shortest player ever to get selected as the first overall pick in the NBA draft, and subsequently win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the NBA Finals.
He played for the 76ers from 1996 until 2007, with whom he achieved his biggest individual and team accomplishments. both in 2001, when he was selected as the, and propelled his team to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately for him and the 76ers, they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1.
He also wore the jerseys of the Denver Nuggets (2006-08), Detroit Pistons (2008-09), and the Memphis Grizzlies (2009). In season 2009-10, Iverson returned to the Philadelphia 76ers, but played only 25 games before leaving the team for personal matters. His last professional basketball team was Besiktas of the Turkish Superleague, but he didn’t stick there long either -10 games – as he had to return to the US for surgery.
While he never won a championship, he is considered to be one of the NBA icons because of his on and off-court impact. Despite his height, he become one of the best scorers ever (currently, he is 26th all-time with 24,368 points scored.). Besides his height and scoring abilities, his on-court demeanor and energy, arm sleeves, tattoos, hair, and dress-style made him one of the most popular players whom kids looked up to during the ’90s and 2000s. During his 14-yearlong NBA career, Iverson was named to the All-Star team 11 times, seven All-NBA teams, and won the scoring title four times. His jersey number 3 was retired by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014. This year, he was selected to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team as one of the 75 best players to ever play in the NBA.