A written statement by Allen Iverson released Thursday by
attorneys Thomas B. Shuttleworth and Richard A. Sprague:
"I have been told that District Attorney Lynne Abraham has
reviewed the testimony from the preliminary hearing and has decided
to dismiss the remaining charge. On behalf of myself and my family,
I want to sincerely thank Lynne Abraham for having the courage to
do the right thing and not be caught up in the media frenzy that
accompanied these false accusations against me.
"Until now, on the advice of my lawyers, I have not said
anything about the case. Now that my lawyers have no longer
restricted me, I want to make it absolutely clear that:
"1. I did not have a gun or any weapon whatsoever;
"2. I did not terrorize or threaten anyone;
"3. I did not force my way into my cousin's apartment.
"I also want to thank my wife and family, the 76ers
organization, my teammates, Mr. Fireman and the other people at
Reebok for supporting me during this situation. I am thankful for
the support of all the people of Philadelphia who stuck by me and
believed in me. This experience helped me learn how many people
truly care for me.
"I now consider this a closed chapter in my life and will not
discuss it further. I intend to focus my time and energy on my
family and to working with Coach Brown and my teammates to win an
NBA championship for the great fans of the Philadelphia 76ers."
-- The Associated Press