Mike Tyson: “I’m on the verge of dying; I’m a vicious alcoholic”

Posted: August 26, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion

MikeTysonSince Mike Tyson retired from boxing, he has earned a spot in MMA culture by being one of those guys who fighters look up to. He’s appeared cage-side and even on TUF. In case you missed this over the weekend, Tyson appeared in front of the media Friday and shocked everyone with what he had to say about his drug and alcohol abuse and what goes on his own mind. Pretty dark stuff.

Here are transcripts from Bad Left Hook.

“I knew that there was a possibility that I would be here with Teddy (Atlas) and I didn’t have a good thought in mind about that at first, because I’m negative and I’m dark. And I wanna do bad stuff. I wanna hang out in this neighborhood alone (his brain), that’s dangerous to hang out in this neighborhood alone up here, right? It wants to kill everything. It wants to kill me, too.

“So I went to my AA meeting. I had to make a discussion, check out what we gonna do. So I explained to them, my fellow alcoholics and junkies, that I was gonna deal with this certain situation here, and I explained the feelings that I evoked from it. Almost like, um, something like a Hatfields and McCoys, I kinda explained to them. I made the right decision. I made Cus proud of me. I made myself proud of me. I hate myself. I’m trying to kill myself. I hate myself a lot, but I made myself proud of myself, and I don’t do that much. I was happy I did that.

“Maybe it was overwhelming to Teddy and he didn’t get it yet. But he has to know this is sincere. I don’t wanna fight you no more. I was wrong. I’m sorry. I was wrong. I just wanted to make my amends. If he accepted it or not, at least I could die and go to my grave and say I made my amends with everybody I hurt. It’s all about love and forgiveness, and in order to for those guys to forgive me — other guys, you know, I want people to forgive the things I’ve done.

“I’m a motherfucker. 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 don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic. Wow. God, this is some interesting stuff.

“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.”


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