Heavyweight boxing icon Mike Tyson was recently in Canada doing a “hit about his one-man show” that’s playing in Toronto, and decided to use the opportunity to show support for embattled crack-using Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. However, he was unprepared when news anchor Nathan Downer asked him a question that apparently pushed one of the champ’s buttons. From Mediaite:
?Some critics say that, ?We know you’re a convicted rapist ? this could actually hurt his campaign.”
A stunned Tyson responded:
?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, because it’s negative and you’re being negative. I met the mayor. There’s nothing anyone can do about it.”
He continued with a whammy:
?You come across as a nice guy, but you’re really a piece of shit with that comment,? he continued. ?F*ck you. That was a piece of sh*t comment.?
Downer reminded Tyson that they were on live TV and Tyson promptly said that he doesn’t care. He challenged Downer with:
“What are you going to do about it?”
Downer tries to change the topic, as does Mike’s rep, but Mike ain’t having it. They finally had to cut off.
I doubt there’s much Downer could do, and certainly wouldn’t be willing to take on Iron Mike. This is hilarious. I’m totally on Team Mike here. Screw that news anchor. Inappropriate question and Mike Tyson has served his time, many years ago. Whose team are you guys on? Is my choice controversial? A man does his time, changes his life, and moves forward….I think he should be able to do other things without having his past thrown up at every turn and in every interview.
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