Posted August 29, 2013

Mike Tyson: ‘I won’t survive unless I get help’

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Mike Tyson said he's not sure how much longer he'll live if he doesn't get treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Mike Tyson said he’s not sure how much longer he’ll live if he doesn’t get treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Mike Tyson gave a candid interview Thursday with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer in which he described the potentially deadly challenges of trying to remain sober.

The 47-year-old Tyson said last week during ESPN’s Friday Night Fights that he’s “on the verge of dying” because of his current battle with alcoholism. He admitted that he is still dealing with substance abuse but added last Friday that it’s been six days since he used drugs or drank alcohol, something he called “a miracle.”

On Thursday, the former heavyweight champion of the world told Lauer that when he drinks now he gets into a “dark mood” and his thoughts turn to how he doesn’t want to live anymore. Tyson said he doesn’t envision staying alive unless he receives treatment:

“When I start drinking and I relapse, I think of dying. When I’m in a real dark mood, I think of dying. And I don’t want to be around no more. I won’t survive unless I get help.”

In the Today Show interview that taped Wednesday, Tyson said he has now been sober for 12 days but admitted he’s becoming “mean and irritable.” The “sober” Tyson is a person he’s not sure he likes because of the challenges to “live normal.”

“Yes, it’s a real challenge because I don’t know if I like this sober guy. It’s hard for me to live normal – straight is hard … I’m a king of the barbarians. There’s no one that could surpass me in the pain that I’ve endured.”

Lauer’s interview comes as Tyson readies to premiere his docu-series “Being: Mike Tyson” and the HBO special, “Undisputed Truth,”  a demo of the one-man play he starred in earlier this year.

Footage of Thursday’s interview with Lauer:

(h/t Les Grossman)


40 comments
MrBean
MrBean

Bad things happen to us all. All these comments are so full of hate and anger. Indeed I am not at all surprised. People are nasty, hard-hearted pieces of trash who all deserve to but put to death.  Someone speaking out and asking for help is verbally thrown under a bus; a child was ran down and shot to death is still being punished and not treated as the victim .....the question remains, " Can you put on the shoes of those lost in pain and suffering? Maybe Mike don't ask for help and soon enough pulls of a movie theater assault then ....Mike dies; but  how many more would he have taken with him. 

The next comment would be.."wHY did he not ask for help or didn't someone realized? The news reminds of all...all the bad news everyday. Remember YOU and yes me could be the next bad news. 

News to the heaters .....the United States is hated around the world...911 proves it..that means anything can happen.....anywhere in this nation and not only international terrorist. Remember, timothy mcveigh. Again, You may be the one crying out for someone to help YOU>

bambam824
bambam824

Mike speaks of his miracle 6 days of sobriety, which puts him closer to his cure than he realizes. As the Bible refers, miracles are from God, and Mike's cure is only a "prayer" away.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Why can't Al Sharpton just help Mike for free. Advice from the Sharp would be hilarious. MLK never boxed because MLK couldn't take a shot to the head.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Die Mike Tyson Die. and die violently. Not a tear will be shed.

BrianN'CarolinaOttinger
BrianN'CarolinaOttinger

Mike Tyson suffers from the same problem as you and I. At the core of our hearts, we are bad people. We have all done things that have caused a broken relationship with God. Each person reading this post has sinned and fallen short of God's Glory. We are all deserving of God's punishment, which is an eternity in hell. 


But God, in his infinite mercy and grace, didn't leave us in this helpless state. He became a man, lived a perfect life, that you, me and Mike Tyson can not. He suffered and died on a cross, he was buried and rose three days later from the grave proving He was indeed God and that his substitutionary  punishment was sufficient.


The Good News is that Mike Tyson can be forgiven and set free from his sin, and have a right relationship with God. By trusting in Christ and turning from our sin we can all be set free from this life that leads to death. What about you? Have you trusted in Christ? Do you know Jesus as Lord of your life? Turn today from your sin and experience His Grace. There is no sin that God would not forgive. Trust in Him today and enter his rest.

muser
muser

It seems that the liberal white guilt sufferers and various other emotionally disabled enablers are offended by those who are willing to state the obvious. 

As a public service, here is a PC suggestion  -  "Oh my goodness...this must be George Bush's fault! Emperor O'Bama and Oprah need to join forces to save this poor downtrodden victim of our racist society. Surely an executive order to create a new government system to support disadvantaged souls like poor, neglected Mikey and others like him is the answer. Oh! the humanity!..."

Mugano_Ahwumpisz
Mugano_Ahwumpisz

Boy, the white middle class sports fan sure can be a sourly judgmental sort, can't he?

ai720hhi
ai720hhi

I Cant wait until you scumbags, who have never made 1 mistake in your pathetic lives, decide to leave the basement of whatever relative you mooch off of, and actually attempt to enjoy life. Yea, I'm saying that you don't know what the hell you talkin bout. You have no idea what 25 years in the spotlight can do to someone, as you are surrounded by darkness at every turn. Know what, fuhget about it. Comprehension doesn't seem to be your ladies strong suit


muser
muser

Then go get help and shut up.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"I won't survive unless I get help." So???

joeshine730
joeshine730

Why the hell is this rapist drug addict  felon low life alcoholic idiot Tyson even mentioned?

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Here is your help! Quit drinking and doing drugs!

ArtNow
ArtNow

Like anybody cares that you crave for attention as much as any substance. If you need help get it, just don't be thinking we give a damn.

joeshine730
joeshine730

The world is better off with Mike Tyson dead and safer also.  Bye Mike say hi to Trayvon in hell.

joeshine730
joeshine730

So let this maniac die already. I'm sick of hearing about this ghetto rapist moron Tyson. Kill yourself already.

Veejh
Veejh

He's always been mental, with or without the booze.

Mark112
Mark112

I hear that Olbermann's ratings are already in the tank, so adding Tin Can Tyson to the upcoming guest list might bolster Keith's ratings. From the sound of it, Olbermann better get Tyson on soon.

Mark112
Mark112

So the former "baddest man on the planet" has morphed into a semi-literate crybaby.  Don King should throw him a lifeline or perhaps Robin Givens will. If Tyson were able to vote (and vote the Dem-Lib ticket) Matt Lauer might have chipped in a double sawbuck.

brighat
brighat

Mike has got to learn to help himself...and not just to another drink. He's just like Whitney Houston. At least he's admitting he needs help. Maybe one of his old wrestling buddies can start up an Internet telethon. Seems like a popular way to rope in fools and their money.

Marchoir
Marchoir

Is Mike broke? Is the money drying up? Funny how all of these guys don't get depressed and despondent until the cash starts running low, or they lose the spotlight and their identity (Junior Seau). If Mike were an Eskimo, he could just step on an ice flow, and float out to oblivion.

twodownriver@yahoo.com
twodownriver@yahoo.com

@BrianN'CarolinaOttinger why don't you stick that god thing where the sun don't shine. you are telling us about a person who flooded the earth and killed all the innocent people on it. thou shalt not kill. i know i've heard of that somewhere.

sillyusername
sillyusername

@muser It must hurt carrying around all that irrational hate dude. If typing mean things on this message board helps you relieve some of that pain; please continue. But until you learn to feel compassion for other people, even those who are different than you, you won't find any real peace inside. I wish you well.

muser
muser

@ai720hhi Yes...all the other celebrities who have made tens of millions are suffering similarly...

Mugano_Ahwumpisz
Mugano_Ahwumpisz

@muser You sound like somebody's dad.  It's phony tough since Tyson is almost certainly not reading this, and even if he were, it would be useless because who has such a command ever worked for?

joeshine730
joeshine730

@Steve Phillips Yep  Tyson is a helpless moron feasting on a diet of drugs and alcohol fueling his rage and inducing violence against usually defenseless woman. 

Mugano_Ahwumpisz
Mugano_Ahwumpisz

@ArtNow They came to him for the interview, you know.  And besides, he's not reading your sage advice.  The device of pretending you're talking to someone when everyone knows you're not sounds tough and assertive for about 1/2 a second, and then the effect very rightly wears off.  

ejuste113
ejuste113

@joeshine730 

Are you serious? The young man was murdered and his killer got away with it, so let him rest.

muser
muser

@sillyusername ....yeah...telling people who have substance problems to get help is hate...enabling them is love...that's why we have so many....nice work. 

muser
muser

Dont be an idiot.

sillyusername
sillyusername

@muser @sillyusername No, but turning a sad story about a broken man into an incoherent  rant about racial issues directed at unrelated black people is evidence of some serious issues.