Appeals court upholds verdict against Iverson

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court says NBA star and former Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson must pay $260,000 for standing idly by and watching his bodyguard beat up another man in a 2005 bar fight.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today rejected Iverson's attempt to throw out the verdict decided by a jury in 2007.

Bar patron Marlin Godfrey accused Iverson's bodyguard, Jason Kane, of punching, kicking and hitting him with a bottle because he refused to vacate the VIP section at a Washington club to make way for the basketball star and his entourage.

Godfrey suffered a concussion, a ruptured eardrum, a burst blood vessel in his eye, a torn rotator cuff, cuts and bruises and emotional injuries.

Iverson now plays for Detroit.

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