(This story was published in 2001).

Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers first was slammed for anti-gay lyrics in his rap album (he apologized for those). Then on Jan. 28, in a game at Indiana, Iverson called a fan who was heckling him a faggot. The exchange was caught by an NBC microphone and Iverson tried to weasel out of it by claiming the fan uttered racial slurs (something that was never proven). The player later apologized and was fined $5,000 by the NBA.