Perhaps not known for his chilled persona, former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson snapped at reporter Nathan Downer for bringing up his rape conviction during an interview. Tyson unleashed a tirade of expletives, quickly turning an otherwise calm interview into one that was nerve-wrecking for the production team as Tyson went uncensored during the live broadcast.
Tyson made an appearance on Toronto’s CP24 on Wednesday afternoon but was challenged about his meeting with Mayor Rob Ford. Mike Tyson had recently endorsed Ford, Mayor of Toronto, for re-election. Mayor Rob Ford, who had been diagnosed with an abdominal tumor on Wednesday, was declared “best mayor in Toronto’s history,” by Tyson.
CP24 anchor Nathan Downer had questioned Tyson’s ringing endorsement, by stating whether his rape conviction in 1992 would harm Mayor Ford’s campaign.
Tyson, quite calmly compared to previous (ear-nibbling) encounters, unleashed at the Canadian reporter.
Hey, I don’t know who said that. You’re the only one I’ve heard say that….I don’t have no comment to that, you know, because it’s negative and you’re being negative. And I met the mayor. There’s nothing they can do about it. It’s so interesting that you come across as a nice guy, but you’re really a piece of sh*t with that comment…. F*** you. That was a piece of sh*t comment.
(Warning: Graphic language in video clip.)
Perhaps counting his blessings that Mike Tyson is a much calmer person than he was back in his youth, Downer later tweeted that he would not take the outburst personally.
“No ill towards Mike Tyson. He lashed out at me and that’s okay. Not taking it personally.”
No ill will toward Mike Tyson. He lashed out at me and that’s okay. Not taking it personally pic.twitter.com/e27mfrOagJ
— nathan downer (@nathandowner1) September 10, 2014
Here are some of the best twitter reactions to Mike Tyson verbally attacking Downer.
what Mike Tyson did to that reporter on CP24 was literally perfect
— Porter (@GoodOlePorter) September 11, 2014
Mike Tyson was strongly thinking of whipping his ass, he tamed himself tho loool
— Gopenath Yoganathan™ (@InspectorGopaul) September 11, 2014
— Jon (@JonReidCSM) September 11, 2014
#MikeTyson can do comedy after comedy, he still makes me pee outta fear just a little.
— Tony Mohamed (@TonyMo88) September 11, 2014
Before you enrage Iron Mike Tyson, know that he is one of the toughest bosses in videogame history.
— Neo (@ssm007) September 11, 2014
Mike Tyson was on to promote his one-man broadway show, Mike Tyson.
Tyson was arrested in July 1991 for the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington, Miss Black Rhode Island, in an Indianapolis hotel room. Tyson’s rape trial took place in the Indianapolis courthouse from January 26, 1992 to February 10, 1992. On March 26, 1992, Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison followed by four years on probation. However, he was released in March 1995 after serving three years. Tyson converted to Islam while incarcerated, and The Inquisitr covered Tyson trying to help O.J. Simpson by embracing him to Islam.
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