Mike Tyson doesn’t like to be reminded of his past. Journalists, take note. The former heavyweight champ went off on a Canadian news anchor when asked about his 1992 rape conviction on live TV on Sept. 10. He certainly didn’t pull any punches.
Former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, 48, really let loose on live TV after being pressed about how he, as a convicted felon, could endorse troubled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for re-election. You won’t believe the kind of language he unleashed!
Mike Tyson Curses Out TV Anchor For Bringing Up Rape Conviction
Mike’s more-than-peppery tirade towards CP24 news channel anchor Nathan Downer came on the heels of his endorsement of drug scandal-ridden mayor Rob Ford, 45, on Sept. 9. The boxer, who is in Toronto to promote his one-man show ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth’, defended the mayor’s crack smoking and bad behavior. “It’s not his fault, it’s just that he is living his life and we are human beings,” he told the press of Rob.
“Some of your critics would say, you know, there is a race for mayor, we know you’re a convicted rapist, this could hurt his campaign. How would you respond to that?” the anchor pressed Mike during a subsequent live interview. “You’re being negative. I met the mayor and there’s nothing they can do about it,” he responded, taking the high road at first.
But things went downhill not long after that and Mike took some choice shots at the anchor: “You come across like a nice guy but you’re really a piece of s***. F*** you, that was a piece of s***.” Ouch! Tell us how you really feel, Mike.
The rest, as they say, is history. You have to watch the whole thing!
Mike Tyson’s Reaction To His Rape Conviction
Mike served three years in prison for the rape of Desiree Washington, the 18 year-old Miss Black Rhode Island, in an Indianapolis hotel room in 1991. He did his time but has always maintained his innocence. “I didn’t rape her. They wanted to convict me more than anything in the world. There’s not a person in the history of that state that got convicted for rape that did less time than I did. They wanted to be known for the state that convicted me,” he told The Daily Beast in 2013. Most important to him after his troubles? “My past doesn’t control my life and the way I live today!” We got the message Mike, loud and clear.
— Carolyn E. Davis