7/18/2016 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The backstory — back in 1993, a 17-year-old Iverson was sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly hitting a white woman at a bowling alley during a brawl.
Brokaw heard about the situation — and felt it was wrong for a teen with no prior criminal record to get such a harsh sentence … so he featured the story on the national news.
It was a huge turning point — and the conviction was eventually overturned. Iverson has publicly praised Brokaw for getting the ball rolling.
So, when we saw Tom out in Cleveland Monday morning — we asked about the situation … and Tom explained why he did what he did.