Posted August 24, 2013

Mike Tyson says he’s ‘on the verge of dying,’ opens up about drug problems

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Mike Tyson admitted on Friday that he’s been lying about being sober. (Philippe Lopez/Getty Images)

During his first press conference as a promoter, boxing great Mike Tyson provided details on his path to sobriety and making amends with former trainer Teddy Atlas.

“I’m on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic,” Tyson said on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Mike Tyson builds new life as boxing promoter, performer

Of Atlas, with whom Tyson has a longstanding feud following a falling out in the 1980s, Tyson said, “I don’t want to fight you anymore. I was wrong. I’m sorry.”

The Fight Network posted a snippet of the press conference, via badlefthook.com:

I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life.

“I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle. I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”


299 comments
IanAshton
IanAshton

Make it 7 then 8
One day at a time

pedsrndad
pedsrndad

I agree Mike Tyson has been taken advantage of by hangers-on but I can't help but feel this confession is more related to his desire to publicize his new career as a promoter/performer than a real soul cleansing event. Anyone that comes into money needs to be much less trusting of strangers and even "opportunities" suggested from "friends".  Where were his real friends when Mike was self-destructing?  As long as the gravy train was running, nobody wanted to interfere by pointing out where he was going off the track. 

tadbanyon
tadbanyon

I like Mike Tyson, I hope this works out for him. 

TraciLynnPattersonBlake
TraciLynnPattersonBlake

YOU HANG ON IN THERE "IRON MIKE", I PUT YOU IN MY PRAYERS! MAY YOU FIND THE  MENTAL STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE YOU NEED TO STAY CLEAN AND SOBER. IT IS A STRUGGLE BUT YOU CAN DO IT!...IT CAN BE A LONG ROAD, BUT TAKE THINGS ONE DAY AT A TIME!

GOD BLESS,

TRACI LYNN 

BOBBYDEAN
BOBBYDEAN

LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING.  I'VE BEEN AROUND FIGHTERS, ACTORS, RICH PEOPLE AND GENIUSES. I DROVE A LIMO FOR SOME OF THE BEST.  THEY ALL HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. THEY'RE AMAZING  AND TALENTED AND FOCUSED  AS LONG AS THEY'RE IN THEIR ELEMENT. YOU TAKE THEM OUT OF THAT AND THEY'RE LOST. THEY SPEND ENDLESS TIME HONING THEIR SKILL. BUT TAKE THEM AWAY FROM THAT AND THEY'RE LOST. REMEMBER THE MOVIE "ROCKY"? IT'S NOT THAT FAR FROM THE TRUTH. IF YOU SPENT MOST OF YOUR LIFE BY YOURSELF YOU DON'T DEVELOP ANY SOCIAL SKILLS. TYSON WAS TRAINED TO BE AN ANIMAL IN THE RING, AND HE WAS. OUTSIDE, HE DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE. HE WAS EASY PICKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HE THOUGHT WERE HIS FRIENDS AND ULTIMATELY HIS WIFE. THEY ALL TOOK ADVANTAGE OF HIM. THEY TRIED TO CHANGE HIM. I DROVE BOXERS TO MATCHES WHERE ALL THEY DID WAS TALK ABOUT THE FIGHT, THE OPPONENT, HOW TO WIN. IT'S NOT HOW YOU THINK IT IS. NO GLITZ AND GLAMOUR IN THE LIMO RIDE TO THE RING. JUST DIRTY GYM BAGS AND SWEAT. THEN YOU WATCH AS THE FIGHTER TRADES HITS THAT WOULD TAKE 10 YEARS OFF YOUR OR MY LIFE. I GUESS I WAS LUCKY, NONE OF THE BOXERS I DROVE TO A FIGHT EVER LOST IN THE RING. BUT AFTER THE FIGHT, IT WAS DIFFERENT. NOW THE LIMO WAS FILLED WITH THE WINNER, MAYBE ONE OR TWO OF HIS FRIENDS AND GIRLS. I WOULD TYPICALLY TAKE THEM TO A CLUB WHERE IT WAS PRE-ARRANGED THAT IF HE WON, HE WOULD BE INTRODUCED WITH FANFARE AS THE CHAMP. HIS PARTY WOULD BE TREATED AS ROYALTY. GUESS WHAT? I'LL TRY TO DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ATHLETE WHO GOT IN THE LIMO AND I DROVE TO THE ARENA, AND THE MAN WHO GOT BACK IN AFTER THE FIGHT. NOW HE WAS BY HIMSELF. GOING OVER THE FIGHT IN HIS HEAD. THERE WAS LAUGHTER AND JOKES BUT HE ALWAYS SAT THERE QUIETLY. THEY NEVER LOOKED LIKE THEY WANTED TO GO OUT, BUT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO LET THEIR "FRIENDS" DOWN. STAYING IN THE SPOTLIGHT MEANS MONEY, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF ANY OF THESE FIGHTERS GOT INTO IT FOR THE MONEY. IN THE CLUB THEY LOOKED LOST, TIRED AS THEY SHOOK HANDS WITH STRANGERS. MIKE, YOU WERE THE BEST FIGHTER I EVER SAW. YOU DON'T NEED TO MAKE ANY APOLOGIES FOR ANYTHING YOU DID. YOU BECAME ONE OF THE GREATEST ATHLETES IN THEIR FIELD OF ALL TIME. PEOPLE LET YOU DOWN, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. GET HEALTHY. GO SOMEWHERE AND JUST BE BY YOURSELF. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED, NOTHING ELSE. THINK ABOUT ALL THE WORK YOU PUT IN, NONE OF YOUR CRITICS HAS EVER STOOD IN YOUR SHOES. GOOD LUCK MIKE, SOME OF US UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH.

MikeSimmons
MikeSimmons

Should've said "by the Grace of God, I'll never drink again"....6 days is a start..take it one day at a time! Soon it will be 30 then 60 days and before you know it, a year of sobriety. I hope he gives up his drinking buddies, or he can't stop. Don't think I'd want to be around the drunk and vicious Mike Tyson...just sayin'

RaymondinSC
RaymondinSC

I trust a guy who says "I'm a vicious alcoholic" over the guy who says "I've made mistakes".

gotham83
gotham83

Six days, and he has beaten drug addiction and alcoholism.  Six days and he expects forgiveness from anyone he's ever hurt.  Part of forgiveness is restitution and punishment for the crimes we committed.  I wonder if Mike means that kind of forgiveness or does he mean, "Ok, I am a reformed man now, trust me, although I have lied and cheated and stolen in the past I don't do that anymore."  Usually criminals want forgiveness with nothing given in return for reparations for what they have done.  Usually criminals say, "Trust me, to people who do not know them."  Usually criminals say to former friends they have hurt many times, trust me I will never do it again, because they expect to be enabled.  Go away Mike.  6 days drug free proves nothing to anyone.  Just the fact that you announce it to the world makes me question your sincerity and makes me think this is just a publicity stunt.

shehiplocki
shehiplocki

Wow so deep and very touching in his honesty and soul bearing. His family must be terrified. I wish you the best Mike and hope you can find the real Mike Tyson you want to be.

Miss-Anthrope
Miss-Anthrope

This is great, I mean didn't his daughter die? Glad he is admitting he is an addict. That's the first step. Hope he makes it!!

DBLETAP
DBLETAP

Gotta start somewhere, Mike.  Wish you well, and hope you get better.

deltaboy72
deltaboy72

What?! Tyson on drugs?  I....I'm...speechless!

JosiahJohnson
JosiahJohnson

LA Times article on De La Hoya Alcoholism links with SI article about Tyson alcoholism - Priceless

SmithJohn
SmithJohn

Mike tyson is a Rapist and I hope that he dies, he's drugged and raped girls in Las Vages with Ryan Seacrest.

JamesGodin
JamesGodin

Your saying that likes its a bad thing. You beat women, you do cocaine, & you promote violence by fighting. you live & die by the decisions you make.

br549
br549

umm.....rehab?

CSX1776
CSX1776

There is plain stupid and then there are reprobates.   

He is just plain too stupid to do anything right. 

joeshine730
joeshine730

God don't care about Mike rape Tyson.

JeremyWilliams1
JeremyWilliams1

Im proud of you Mike Tyson. Get back to the Pigeons. 

GoBlue_1985
GoBlue_1985

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joeshine730
joeshine730

World is better off without  Mike Tyson

MarkDurian
MarkDurian

Mike Tyson, as well as everyone else on the planet, needs Jesus Christ because he (Tyson) is a sinner and needs forgiveness of his sin. I know Christian people who have struggled their whole live with alcoholism and drug addiction. Being a Christian does not necessarily mean you'll automatically be "victorious" over chemical addiction or over any other vice in your life. Being a Christian means you have been forgiven the guilt caused by all sin in your life now (because of faith in the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ) - and at physical death you will be delivered permanently from all sin, forever with the Savior.

Christians - just like every other person on the planet- are losers (apart from Christ). Friends, we're all losers and jerks. Mike Tyson is finally seeing the truth of this within his own life. Jesus Christ alone is the only "winner" there is. I pray this truth of the Gospel will land upon Mike, and God grants him the gift of faith in Christ. If this happens, Mike's greatest battle (the battle for his eternal soul) will be over. His daily struggle with addiction, most likely, will remain. There is a great sense of guilt associated with addiction. The daily life and struggles of Mike Tyson would become infinitely more bearable for him if he knew all the guilt (past, present, and future) was completely forgiven on account of Jesus Christ alone.

MichaelCastellano
MichaelCastellano

My father was a boxer a long time ago. It's a very lonely business. He had a vicious knock out punch, but hated the training so he quit. I guess no one understands what it must be like in the ring if you haven't been there. I always liked Mike, despite the fact that I had no illusions about how things must have been for him. I find your post has a real ring of truth to it. Hope Mike makes it. 

mikeinmaine
mikeinmaine

you really expect that with 6 days? How where  you after 6 days ?  The guy is sincere and self-honest.  PLUS, HE IS STILL MORE ENTERTAINING THAN A HOUSE FULL OF LEPRECHAUNS. BETTER THAN WHEN WAS FIGHTING IN THE RING. I have gone from dislike to love em. This guy may be an animal but you can see the changes. Look a little closer.

southdaytona
southdaytona

@gotham83   Hmmm, I thought the first part of recovery was admitting you were an addict and stressing the desire to become sober... I dont remember him ever coming forward to do this. This looks like a cry for help, not a ploy. What does he have to gain?

Popou
Popou

@joeshine730  

I'm a 63 year old conservative. That being said, I may not be the best choice as a poster child  for forgiveness towards a person with Mike' background. But here's the rub...

For all we know, Mike's Life purpose (like some people I know), is to serve as a bad example. Some go to their grave never even thinking to amend the damage they've done. They believe they were born bad, and might as well die bad.

I am a recovering alcoholic of many years of sobriety. I may not have done some of the things Mike's done but, believe me, there's a bunch of stuff I've done that he likely wouldn't do. I've seen more than a few alcoholics hit bottom. I believe Mike, whether he realizes it or not, is out of gas.

I think he realizes it, too. He's the other type of professional bad example. He's looked at his personality when mixed with alcohol and drugs and knows he's out of control. 

He wants that person to die. If he's successful in staying sober, that person WILL die, and good riddance.

But don't bet the ranch that the world might not be a better place with a sober Mike Tyson. I've seen many recovering alcoholics become some of the most humble, caring, and respected (not feared, respected) people imaginable. The serenity and wisdom people in sobriety can achieve is nothing short of miraculous, but it takes time, and work. I still make it a point never to say "I'm NEVER going to take another drink".

I just won't take a drink TODAY. One day at a time, Mike.

Good luck.


mikeinmaine
mikeinmaine

@MarkDurian NEWSFLASH jews, muslims and chrsitians  ALL believe in the SAME GOD.  WHY all the killing on a mass scale ?  Thats why we use HIGHER POWER.  GET IT. ONCE AGAIN  READ THE TRADITIONS NOT JUST THE SERENITY PRAYER

mikeinmaine
mikeinmaine

@MarkDurian  how about the sun. at least i can see the sun.  the proper word here is HIGHER POWER. YOU may need Jesus MIKE MAY NEED THE SUN. WE all NEED A HIGHER POWER.

Miss-Anthrope
Miss-Anthrope

@MarkDurian 

"Being a Christian means you have been forgiven"??

 If you read the Bible the way it should be read from front to back, cover to cover, not skipping anything and asking God alone to teach you without any out side influences by MAN, then you will realize the whole Book does not boil down to a little passage  John 3:16. You my friend are a lost christian with no Bible knowledge. And for that GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

@MarkDurian Take all this garbage about your imaginary sky friend and write cute little notes on the 700 Club web site. This is about sports, not fairy tales.

joeshine730
joeshine730

@MarkDurian Hey where was Jesus at when the 20 little kids got killed in school in Conn? Jesus ain't real.

David_R
David_R

@Popou @joeshine730 Nice post and very well thought out and written. as a recovered alcoholic, ( Yes, RECOVERED ) I took your post to heart and it really felt good to read. Glad to know that there are a few of us out there that has truly fought the good fight.

JeremyJohnson
JeremyJohnson

@Popou @joeshine730 Dude, what a great post.  Relevant, personal but general enough for all of us to give pause, and well-written.  Please leave the internet now, you are clearly over-qualified.

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

@Miss-Anthrope @MarkDurian :  Are you certain God will not forgive me?   What if I promise to never masturbate again?  Or at least when I do, I think only of you, Miss Anne Thrope?    Or doesn't your God have a sense of humor?  

JamesGodin
JamesGodin

@NoQNoSuperBowl @MarkDurian LMFAO Fairy tails? Nothing is a greater fairy tail then some old man who looked at dinosaur bones and made up some huge story about how millions, and millions, and millions, and millions of years we evolved and we went into the sea, and cam back out of the sea and we all came from the same cell! Pigs & goats & humans & sheep all from the same cell! You cant prove it, you cant observe it, you can't see it under a microscope & you cant even explain how some old fart came to the same conclusions.

Maybe you didnt get the memo, but evolution has been debunked several times. The Cambrian explosion proved life happened instantly, and our own DNA proves a 4 digit code is ingrained in our DNA, this proving there was intelligence behind our creation & not some explosion. Your obviously a HUGE TV watcher but you dont read books & your winging it on TV facts & you expect to grow in your intelligence by watching football. Your sir are un-intelligent and in fact know nothing about the bible. You probably could not explain evolution or abiogenesis to anyone, but you COULD talk about boobs with passion.

TuskerManuelRosario
TuskerManuelRosario

@NoQNoSuperBowl @MarkDurian- you give them free will and look what they do with it, life is a sport.. a lot will loose in the end.. no overtime or redo s.. you sound really cool tho, standing up against the Creator.. the devil is mighty proud of you.. he cant wait to see you and your clever self.. say hi for us will ya.

StevanFagan
StevanFagan

@NoQNoSuperBowl @MarkDurian your ignorance towards religion is based on your life stile , life is so much funner when you don't need morals to keep you in check. but if all felt the way you do you better dig a hole and jump in , because life would be worth nothing. 

JamesGodin
JamesGodin

@joeshine730 @MarkDurian That is about the most ignorant thing I have ever heard. Where was satan in Connecticut? Do we even know it was real? Jesus was real & there are non-biblical references to Jesus, as well as overwhelming proof creationism is real. Besides I know for a fact you are not intelligent, but to further put a nail in the coffin, evolution has been debunked several times including the book "Darwins Doubt". I know this "knowledge stuff" is overwhelming but you are only embarrassing yourself by saying Jesus was not real. The very days of the week (the number 7) are based on the roman calendar  & the bible. The bible is the best selling book of all time and became historically correct decades ago. So your comments only show a desire to let others know that your knowledge about Jesus & the bible are non-existent, and that you are just another example of learning some ridiculous thing in high school & the embarrassment when you find out your education & intelligence is a sham.

MarkDurian
MarkDurian

@joeshine730 @MarkDurian I think your question is a good one! My reply is that God has not seen fit to answer all our (often very valid) questions of "why" He has - or has not - done something. 

Jesus Christ, God's only Son, has not come mainly to prevent tragedies from occurring. He's not mainly a "helper" sent to assist us along the way to achieving our goals, hopes and dreams. He did not come to give us our best life now.

Jesus Christ did not come mainly to help people like Mike Tyson to overcome their addictions. Christ came to rescue sinners (us) from the guilt of our sin by taking upon Himself all our guilt, and then being punished completely for our sin - in our place as our Substitute. 

God owes neither you nor me nor anyone an explanation for anything. Terrible things happen this world because it is occupied by sinners like you and me.

Christ came not rid the world of scumbags like Mike Tyson - or me or you. He mercifully came to save us so we won't have to endure the eternal punishment we all so richly deserve. He didn't come for proud people who think they don't need Him. He came for those who recognize their own depravity and seek forgiveness.

Mr. Joeshine730, this is true regardless of whether you, me, Mike Tyson (or the whole world) believes it or not. Truth is objective. It doesn't require that anyone believe it. It is not stopped by people denying it. The truth is that God so loved the world (including you, sir) that He gave His only Son. And whoever believes (trusts) in Him will not perish eternally but will be given the gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

haydesigner
haydesigner

@JamesGodin: "Maybe you didnt get the memo, but evolution has been debunked several times."

I take it back… THAT was the dumbest thing I've read all summer. Perhaps all year.

oblivious247
oblivious247

@JamesGodin @NoQNoSuperBowl @MarkDurian Actually evolution has plenty of evidence backing it up.  You, however, rely on absolute pseudoscience to "debunk" it.  I could explain evolution to you in depth (you clearly don't understand the exact mechanisms by which it works) as I am about to graduate with a degree in biology.

mikeinmaine
mikeinmaine

@Kelu we have free will if we are born upper middle class with 2 loving parents in the white west. the rest of us are screwed

Kelu
Kelu

God is a forgiving God.

Kelu
Kelu

The flesh is weak, but the spirit of God is willing. We all have free will, the choices that we make cannot be blamed on God. How we live on this earth will determine where we spend eternity. You have a choice, I have a choice, we all have a choice. My choice is to live for Christ.

StevanFagan
StevanFagan

@NoQNoSuperBowl @StevanFagan @MarkDurian  i never said i was religious , i am not , i am an atheist , but that doesn't change things , religion has instilled morales for thousands of years without them we would be lost. the little black book is just one of many that has helped shape this world , and i am thankful for it . 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

@StevanFagan @NoQNoSuperBowl @MarkDurian Examples of morality in christianity: the roman church and its horde of pedophile priests, the Crusades, Jimmy Swaggert, etc., etc. Christianity gets in the way of morals. It's all about the money.

haydesigner
haydesigner

@JamesGodin: "The bible is the best selling book of all time and became historically correct decades ago."

That may be the second dumbest thing I've read all summer.

oblivious247
oblivious247

@JamesGodin @joeshine730 @MarkDurian I don't doubt for a second Jesus was real.  He was very much real.  It's well documented that he was.  His "miracles" weren't.  However, there is zero proof creationism is real as creationism relies entirely on faith.  Evolution on the other hand, while it fails to explain the exact origins of life, does explain quite well the progression of life to its current state.

Kelu
Kelu

God doesn't want you to give Him a chance, He wants you to believe. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. God gives us an opportunity to live for Him. Dictators make you.

Kelu
Kelu

God loves you, but He hates sin. The Word of God tells us that, "no one comes to the Father except through Christ.

Kelu
Kelu

Whether you heard of him or not, the creation of this world let's us know there is a God. The Word of God is foolishness to the unbeliever. So you won't understand what is being said until you receive Jesus Christ into your life.

Miss-Anthrope
Miss-Anthrope

@MarkDurian @joeshine730  

STOP TRYING TO "TEACH THE BIBLE" WHEN YOU OBVIOUSLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT...... that's all you christians do when you don.t even read the WHOLE book ...what you are preaching is what someone brainwashed you to believe...GO TO GOD DIRECTLY and ONLY and you might learn HOW WRONG YOU ARE....

oblivious247
oblivious247

@JamesGodin @oblivious247 @MarkDurian @joeshine730 If he does truly exist I will be happy to greet the guy.  I frankly don't understand some of his ideas.  He's free to send me to hell (which only proves my point that he cares more about being worshiped) but I imagine we could have an intelligent conversation first.

JamesGodin
JamesGodin

@oblivious247 @MarkDurian @joeshine730 Its amusing to see someone actually advertise their ignorance. You dont even know the first thing about God and you call him an egomaniac. Hell awaits you and all of those that let human arrogance & TV get the best of you.

oblivious247
oblivious247

@TuskerManuelRosario Hey I would totally give your god a chance if his whole thing wasn't "Believe in me or be punished."    Dictators do that and we're not cool with them.  But when it's God it's okay?  No thanks.

TuskerManuelRosario
TuskerManuelRosario

ok- go to hell Oblivious... seems like you will have lots of company... We exist..and are thinking beings..hmm i guess thats not a big deal.. being alive and all.. and there was never a beginning.. it was all always here.. you dont have to believe, hell you can even call God an egomaniac.. its your free will to do so..  well, isnt that special..

TuskerManuelRosario
TuskerManuelRosario

@oblivious247@MarkDurian@joeshine730ok- go to hell Oblivious... seems like you will have lots of company... We exist..and are thinking beings..hmm i guess thats not a big deal.. being alive and all.. and there was never a beginning.. it was all here all along.. who knows, you and Satan might kick it off something nice like.  

MareshahYahWhite
MareshahYahWhite

@joeshine730 @Free2bme196572@yahoo.com @oblivious247 @MarkDurian @joeshine730 @MarkDurian PS fellow Christians, enough with the judging!  People are entitled to feel how they feel and believe how they want too.  The master would not want you to beat people up with the bible just because they don't believe in Him.  You are to respond in love and empathy.  Just like the Master did.  I hope and pray one day you can feel his love and understand his ways are not our ways and his thoughts are higher than ours.  Be blessed all!

MareshahYahWhite
MareshahYahWhite

@joeshine730 @Free2bme196572@yahoo.com @oblivious247 @MarkDurian   @joeshine730 @MarkDurian He was there with his angels taking them back to heaven.  If you read the bible King David's son died being just 7 days old from a sickness.  King David said I will one day see him again.  That is the hope you have when you believe in God.  The rain falls on the just and unjust.  It's hard to understand, but not so much so if you honestly talk to God about it.  You see, with God, there is no death.  Those little kids are with him.  We are only promised so many years on this earth and if we go as little children or as old adults, we all must pass through deaths gates.  But God promised he would be right there waiting if we accept him into our hearts.  That is the difference.  

Free2bme196572@yahoo.com
Free2bme196572@yahoo.com

@oblivious247 @MarkDurian @joeshine730 It seems like the Devil got his permission from God to get to you, That's how you feel now and maybe someday you will get to accept him as your saviour and lord... He, God let you be born into this world to learn his word and to seek him out which you are failing to do...

oblivious247
oblivious247

@MarkDurian @joeshine730 If your god existed and truly loved us whether or not we believed wouldn't matter.  But no he's an egomaniac who cares more about being worshiped.  In that case I welcome the fiery pits with open arms.