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October 19, 2005 offered today to cover any fines Allen Iverson receives for violating the NBAs dress code this season. The online gaming and entertainment giant also plans to extend similar offers to all NBA players.

Even if Iverson pays his own fines, Founder and CEO Calvin Ayre will match any of the fines levied to the Philadelphia 76ers superstar in the form of donations to Iversons Crossover Foundation, which supports underprivileged youth in the inner city.

I can understand the frustration felt by the many basketball players who feel that they have been forced to conform with the leagues new dress code, says Ayre. Iverson and other NBA players have suggested that they will not abide by the leagues dress code, and will offer to reimburse any fines levied, and match the payment with a donation to each players charity of choice.

Ayre was referring to Mondays announcement by the league that a dress code will go into effect at the start of the regular season on November 1. The basketball pros will be expected to wear business-casual attire whenever they participate in team or league activities, including arriving at games, leaving games, conducting interviews and making promotional appearances. Teams and players will be subject to fines for violating the dress code. The amount of the fines has not yet been announced.

Although some teams already have a dress code, the fact that the league has imposed this rule is controversial. Iverson, the leagues leading scorer last season, has said he would fight a dress code. Players such as Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby and Charlotte Bobcats guard Brevin Knight have requested stipends from the league to offset the clothing costs.

I have a great amount of respect for the charitable role Mr. Iverson and other basketball stars play within their communities, says Ayre. Many of these sports stars are role models, and actively participate in charities benefiting the underprivileged youth of the American inner cities. There are players who will undoubtedly be fined by the league for dress-code infractions, so it makes sense to put the money to good use.

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