After Stephen A. Smith’s spotlight-grabbing scoop yesterday that Allen Iverson was retiring, which included a live appearance on ESPN SportsCenter to make the announcement, Smith is now backtracking. From his Iverson *retirement* story on his blog:
(Kicked to the curb: S.A.S. knows just how A.I. feels)
Immediately after word came out that Iverson had announced he was retiring, sources close to him said he was having a change of heart.
“Word” came out? Uh, Stephen, no one else reported it but you, because we all know Iverson has no intention of retiring.
ESPN’s Ric Bucher gives us a clue why.
The more likely scenario is that Iverson finally figured out that no team in the league wanted his bad act anymore. And he went crying to Smith, who then ran with a trumped-up, *official* retirement announcement that Iverson moments later retracted. (Funny, don’t remember S.A.S.’ follow-up phone call to SportsCenter about that.)
Not coincidentally, Stephen A. buried the “change of heart” graf in his blog piece, giving no indication that his story of Iverson’s retirement was already dust in the wind. Read more…