In early September, the Grizzlies announced that Zach Randolph and Tony Allen jerseys would be the first to be retired by the Tennessee franchise during the season.
Except that a month later, we learned that 18 former league players, including Tony Allen, were accused of having embezzled $ 4 million from health insurance intended for ex-NBA basketball players.
Under these conditions, Tony Allen, who pleaded not guilty, therefore asked the leaders of Memphis to postpone his shirt withdrawal ceremony, initially scheduled for January 28, 2022, on the occasion of the arrival of Jazz (Mike Conley, his former teammate), see you next season. A request obviously accepted.
» I wanted to first thank my family, my friends and the fans who support me in this complicated time. », He explained in a short video, relayed on social networks. » Even though I cannot discuss the legal issues affecting me, I want everyone to know that I am doing my best to resolve them. That being said, I have asked the Grizzlies to postpone my jersey withdrawal ceremony until next season, where we can truly celebrate this, all together. Until then, I will continue to be active in the Memphis community and get involved in making the city a better place. »
Note that, as part of this alleged fraud in health insurance, Tony Allen has already reimbursed 350,000 of the 420,000 dollars embezzled, for dental and chiropractic care that he had never received.