Why we love Mike Tyson

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You have to give Mike Tyson some credit—guy has no problem being honest. In what can only be described as a bizarre interview on “Gridlock” on ESPN Radio Las Vegas last week, Tyson spoke of, among other things, doing The Hangover so he’d have money for drugs. It’s incredibly pathetic, yes, but it’s also revelatory, an entertainer (such is Tyson’s current title, not athlete, sorry) being completely candid with the ticket-buying public who think such roles are taken as a career resurrection, as a shot at redemption. But in Tyson’s case, honesty, not a movie role, has proven to be the difference maker. In the same interview, the 44-year-old Las Vegan also talks about the tragic loss of his 4-year-old daughter, of acknowledging his fuck-ups, of reconnecting with his estranged family, of shedding 130 pounds through a vegan diet that has him back at his fighting weight of 220 pounds. He’s living proof that blunt simplicity works best in anyone’s life, even someone with a face tattoo who once threatened to eat a boxer’s children. Let’s just say what we’re all thinking: Where the hell is this guy’s reality show?


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