It appears as though some celebrities believe that because of their status, the rules of the road do not apply to them. Therefore, there should be absolutely no recourse for their actions and they are not afraid to let the police know. Allen Iverson was the most recent addition to the growing list.
On March 30, 2011, Iverson, a former NBA star, was the passenger in his own Lamborghini when the driver was pulled over in Atlanta for failing to signal when changing lanes. After the driver could not supply the officer with the proper paperwork for the car, he explained that Iverson needed to go have dinner. The cop informed the men that a complete investigation was required. The officer scanned the identification number of the car and realized that the tags had expired in 2009. Iverson was informed that the car would be towed.
Apparently that didn’t sit too well with Iverson, as he told the cop, “Take the vehicle, I have 10 more. Police don’t have anything else (expletive) to do except (expletive) with me. Do you know who I am?” Iverson continued his tirade for 20 more minutes, at which point he boasted that he made more money in a year than the officer would make in 10 years.
Here are a few other celebrities who did not take kindly to having the rules of the road apply to them.
“F*****g Jews…The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?”
— On the morning of July 28, 2006, actor Mel Gibson said the above words after he was pulled over for speeding and informed that he would be taken into custody for drunk driving. At that point, he became erratic and refused to get into the police car. Gibson was brought to a Malibu police station where he was placed into a cell while handcuffed. He did later apologize for his ridiculous antics.
“What the f–? Why are you picking on me? What are you guys stopping me for bulls–t?”
— Early on July 20, 2010, former rapper and star of “Law & Order: SVU” Ice-T was taking his dog Spartacus to the vet when he was pulled over, prompting his reaction. He was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt and apparently for driving with insurance that had lapsed. Ice-T was arrested, but was released from the precinct in less than 30 minutes.
“Well f– you then! He’s just a Mexican bike cop. He only wants your autograph. This is all the cops do, just mess with people.”
— On Christmas Eve 2005, “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria shouted this to a bicycle cop after he hit the hood of boyfriend Tony Parker’s car with his hand to get him to move the car, which was impeding traffic. The officer informed Longoria that he would not engage in a shouting match with her. The officer issued Parker a ticket for impeding traffic and for not being able to produce a Texas drivers license that was valid. While the officer was writing the citation, Longoria continued her outburst but nothing happened to her.
Regardless of whether or not celebrities deserve preferential treatment, these officers found out firsthand how celebrities feel.