Gut Rumbles

June 12, 2005

a sad story

I'm a boxing fan. I have been for a long time. I think it's a true gladiator sport. But... it has left a lot of people beat-up and broke after what appeared to be successful careers.

Mike Tyson is just one of many who pissed away millions of dollars and couldn't keep his shit in one sock. Tyson once was a fearsome fighter, but something went wrong in his head. He brought every problem he has now upon himself.

Bejus. From champ to chump in a very short time.

Tyson was paid $5 million for the fight, which was on the low end of purses he has made in his career. After his creditors got $2 million, the IRS got its cut and his ex-wife got $750,000, so there wasn't much left for the fighter.

Tyson still owes nearly $40 million and there were plans for him to fight up to seven times to pay off the debt. But those plans didn't include Tyson taking the kind of beating that McBride was beginning to administer to him in the fifth and sixth rounds.

Creditors, the IRS and an ex-wife. No wonder Tyson doesn't fight the way he once did. There's nothing in it for him, even though he's the one taking the punches.

Oh, Tyson is a head-case, for sure. But even a head-case has to wonder sometimes... what for?


You forgot to mention how he got railroaded with those PHONY rape charges that he went up the river for.

(ducking from the "Leggys" of the world)

Posted by: Ruth on June 12, 2005 12:18 PM

It was around 1989 I think. I was on my way back to Nashville from California via Chicago. As I boarded the plane, I walked through first class and noticed Tyson sitting by a window. Everybody else noticed too. The first third of the flight (on a full plane) saw people from steerage lined up at the first class curtains for autographs from Tyson. It was causing quite a mess for the flight crew. He realized what was happening in back and he got up and spent the rest of the flight going from seat to seat, row to row, being just a really nice fella to everybody. This was before that shitsock developed serious holes. At that time, I was impressed._____It's a shame what he's come to be.

Posted by: James Hooker on June 12, 2005 12:28 PM

Just goes to show that you can take the nigger out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of the nigger. Mike Tyson has always been a piece of shit. Fuck Him. Lock his ass in a room full of cats and rub sardine oil on him.

Posted by: assrot on June 12, 2005 01:02 PM

At one time, he was a mean motherfucker. A very good fighter and person when the old white man was living. He fired his crew and met his first wife and then his head got fucked up. I have been watching fights since I was 3 years old and never saw a man so fast and mean in my life, he would almost kill the other man in the very early rounds, man what a fighter, Cat

Posted by: catfish on June 12, 2005 01:02 PM

I thought the rape charge wasmore of a "wasn't rape until the check bounced" type thing for a long time. But, after the ear biting I changed my mind. Any one crazy enough to bite off an ear in the ring is crazy enough to rape. Question is, why is he allowed to fight at all after this incident? Maybe put him in with another dirty fighter who swings low blows, butts with his head, and gnaws on ears.

Posted by: GUYK on June 12, 2005 01:04 PM

Ever hear of that condition, punch drunk? He just never seemed to recover.

Posted by: Bonita on June 12, 2005 01:22 PM

For Allah, no doubt. Ever hear of a convert to Islam who didn't need his head examined?

Here's a litmus test on reasonable religions... if your mother was widowed and wanted to marry a religious member of another faith, would you be content that she'd be safe and well cared for?

Posted by: Aaron's cc: on June 12, 2005 02:21 PM

he is allowed to box because he fills seats. and he ought to be allowed to continue. it's the american way. no matter how despicable, or how large an ass he is, he is free to pursue his dream.

tyson raped? yep. like no else in has ever commited a crime. don king has been to jail for murder. no one questions allowing him to promote.

what is mike tyson's job? beating people (or at least trying). and someone actually thinks he is too low, too undesirable for that position?

he ought to get more of the cash though.

Posted by: mlah on June 12, 2005 03:10 PM

Mike Tyson has always been bugshit insane. When I was first married and attending nursing school in Albany the owner of one of the bars I hung out who eventually became a friend was also a counselor at the Tryon Boy's School that Tyson went to before he moved in with Cus.

From time to time the underage Tyson would make a run at drinking in the New Scotland Ave. bars. After he won a fight or two he decided that he was special and the rules didn't apply to either him or the syncophants that followed him around like flies on shit. Even back then he was bugshit insane -- he would fight anyone and after being subdued (he was young and tough, the bouncers were old and tougher) he'd roll around on the ground spitting, cursing and trying to bite people on the leg.

The 'rape' I don't know about, but it wouldn't surprise me. Even the young Tyson had a fondness for running his hand up a skirt whether it was welcome or not.

Posted by: Zappatista on June 12, 2005 04:32 PM

Mike Tyson seems like a person in need of constant medication and supervision; like so many others in this world.

Posted by: Juliette on June 12, 2005 04:36 PM

Willie Nelson had the same problem. For a while, he was "singing for the IRS", and they collected his check for him at every concert. I went to one of them and left early as he was singing so shitty. Guess he just didn't give a rat's ass at the time. Can't blame him.

Posted by: Max on June 12, 2005 08:58 PM

I simply can't fathom how his rich wife is still entitled to so much cash. Oh well. As he said after the fight, he just asked himself what was it all for.

I didn't see the fight, but I have to say the post fight press conference was pretty dam impressive. I thought Tyson was a lost cause (and placed him on my death watch) but watched a TiVoed copy of the press conference and it seems he actually had a head on his shoulders for once. Considering all he has been through I was impressed. He went on a lot longer than I would have imagined and didn't seem to ashamed by what happened. He just lost the will to fight on behalf of other people.

Never met the man, but when I was growing up in NJ my brother went to a private school - Gill St. Bernards in Gladstone NJ (Gill St. Burnout in Glad To Be Stoned NJ) that was about a mile down the road from Tyson's home. Tyson would often stop by the schools athletic facilities whenever he saw kids outside playing and stop off to kick soccer balls with them, hang out, or whatever. Never met him, but was always impressed with what he did in the community back then. Of course, that was when he still had the Eye of the Tiger and hadn't yet fallen to the dark depths of hell he did later on in life.

Its ashame really, how much he has changed from the guy we grew up watching in his monthly fights on HBO in the late 80s. I still shudder from the devastating defeat of Michael Spinks. To fall from that to this is shocking. I wish him well and hope he straightens out his life.

Posted by: countertop on June 14, 2005 12:19 PM

$750,000 for the little lady? Maybe that includes child support.

Oh well, another guy finding out how expensive sex can be when it is "free and legal".

Still looks like illegal, pay-as-you-go sex is by far the cheapest way to have sex. LIke they told me in school, "If you want some milk, don't buy the cow."

Posted by: joel on June 14, 2005 08:39 PM
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