Allen Iverson Didn't Kidnap His Children Who Are Now Back with Their Mother, TMZ Reports

Allen Iverson Didn't Kidnap His Children Who Are Now Back with Their Mother, TMZ Reports

Former 76ers star Allen Iverson and his ex-wife Tawanna have had a most rocky relationship over the years. The pair have been in and out of court for a variety of reasons.

There are certainly plenty of issues to be worked out between them, but according to a Georgia court last week, for as many issues as the two have, Allen did not actually kidnap his own children as TMZ first reported yesterday.

Today, TMZ clarified that the court said Iverson did not kidnap his own children.

Allen appeared in Fulton County court in Georgia last Wednesday and told the judge his ex-wife had full access to their kids during their stay at the hotel ... and therefore he wasn't doing anything wrong. We're told Tawanna also testified that she could have picked up the children from Allen but didn't want to drive 45 minutes to his location.

After A.I.'s testimony, the judge decided the former Philadelphia 76ers star didn't deserve to be thrown in jail -- despite his ex-wife's request before the hearing.  The kids -- ranging from ages 3 to 16 -- were returned to their mother following the hearing.

So that's a bit more encouraging than yesterday's news. Sound like a regular old couple of quarreling ex-husband and wife. One just happens to be a former NBA legend.

A.I. will not be thrown in jail. At least he hasn't been yet, I suppose.

So he could still technically be one of the leading candidates to coach the Sixers next season.

>>I'm not holding my kids hostage [TMZ]

Michal Neuvirth pays tribute to Flyers greats Bernie Parent, Ron Hextall, Roman Cechmanek (!)

Michal Neuvirth pays tribute to Flyers greats Bernie Parent, Ron Hextall, Roman Cechmanek (!)

Michal Neuvirth has a new mask — let's hope it helps him stop more pucks.

Neuvirth will debut a new lid Saturday night, when the Flyers return to game action after their five-day bye week against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center.

The new mask pays tribute to Flyers goaltending greats, such as Bernie Parent (two Stanley Cups), Ron Hextall (current GM, 1987 Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner) and Roman Cechmanek (why not?). Neuvirth will get the start tonight over Steve Mason.

In 13 games — 10 starts — this season, Neuvirth is 6-3 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. Don't read too much into Neuvirth's start tonight, however.

The Flyers have a back-to-back beginning tonight, against New Jersey and the New York Islanders. The safe bet is to see Mason in net on Sunday night in Brooklyn.

But tonight, keep an eye out to see if Neuvirth can make a Cechmanek-esque head save.