I have weird feelings pertaining to Mike Tyson and I’m sure many of my generation feel the same way.
When we were young, we saw Tyson absolutely demolishing anything that dared to step in his path. I mean, it was historic in nature. His skills so violent but so perfectly executed. He was raw power matched with grace, if such a thing could exist.
Out of the boxing ring he was a menace. But that was before the internet reported every disturbing story. It was before media scrutiny. Sure, we heard about potential rape chargers and woman beating, but he was the guy we loved to battle in his self inspired video game, ‘Punch-Out!!’. He couldn’t have done those things, right? We were gullible if nothing else.
Then you fast forward past the ear biting. Past the complete meltdown. You have this loveable goofball character playing himself in the Hangover series. You have him appearing on Comedy Central during their ever popular roasts.
On the surface, you wanted to like Mike Tyson but deep down you know he’s not right. He knows it too as he recently admitted that he’s been lying to the public, to friends and to family for years about his drinking and drug use.
Tyson had the strange though candid moment during a press conference last night, admitting the flaws that have shaken him to his core:
“I’m a motherf***er. I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic. Wow. God, this is some interesting stuff.
“I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle. I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”
Definitely a cringe worthy watch: