If you grew up in the 1980s, then it’s likely you were a fan of former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson… and were so sad to witness his fall from grace.
During the height of his career, he was dubbed “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” but despite his success, the world watched downward spiral … beginning with his marriage to actress Robin Givens.
In a book by Tyson’s former friend/manager Rory Holloway, entitled Taming The Beast: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, he recalled a time when the boxing star confronted fellow athlete Michael Jordan during a liquor-fueled night over his ex-wife … in front of Don King, Chicago Bears player Richard Dent and coach Mike Ditka.
Here’s how the recollection goes:
“Mike Tyson’s sitting there with his drink of choice, a Long Island Tea, and when he drinks his real feelings come out …,” Holloway writes.
“I’m telling the server to water his drinks down ’cause I see where this is going. Mike stares across the table at Michael Jordan. He says, ‘Hey man, you think I’m stupid? I know you f*cked with my bitch.’
“Jordan looks like he just seen a ghost. ‘I know you messed with her,’ Mike says. ‘You can tell me.’
“Jordan, it’s obvious he just wants to get up and run. He wants no part of this. Mike turns to Ditka. ‘Man, you think somebody scared of you, all that racist sh*t you been talking?’. He says to Dent, ‘Y’all scared of this damn white man, Richard? He ain’t nobody. You gonna let him talk that way?’
“It was a circus, for real, that night. Don King trying to change the subject. Me and John trying to hold Mike down. Mike telling everyone he’s going to bust Jordan’s ass. Jordan’s dressed sharp as always and he can’t get out of there fast enough.”
Givens would go on to divorce Tyson in 1988 amid claims of spousal abuse. A few years later, in 1991, Tyson lost the heavyweight crown, followed by a rape conviction in 1992. After being paroled, he attempted several comebacks, but would never reach the heights he saw in the 1980s.
Also in the book, Holloway tells a story about Tyson meeting a young Naomi Campbell during a party Russell Simmons was throwing, during which the two had sex in a bathroom while he was standing guard.
“Minutes go by and it’s getting uncomfortable. I finally crack open the door, ‘C’mon Mike’. I see Naomi. She’s up on the toilet, heels and long legs spread, skirt hiked up, and Mike’s pumping away.”