As you probably have heard, yesterday Mike Tyson snapped when a Canadian news reporter pointed out that he is a convicted rapist, saying “you’re a piece of sh*t” and “f*ck you” on live television. It was…let’s say, very unprofessional. And awkward. But also hilarious.
Of course, none of that is to say it was shocking. Because anyone who knows anything about Mike Tyson knows the guy is prone to outbursts like this. He’s been doing it since he first made a name for himself at the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in the late 80s, and it’s unlikely that he’ll stop doing it any time soon.
Today, in light of Iron Mike’s most recent profanity-laced tirade, we’re going to count down the most insane Mike Tyson moments of all time.
Just how insane are we talking about? Well, the fact that Mike at one point basically had a pigeon ranch at his home outside Phoenix didn’t even make the cut. Neither did the time he told Opie and Anthony how to have sex with women in prison. So yeah, they’re extreme.
Just one warning, though, before you get started. These insane Mike Tyson moments are peppered with vulgar and often offensive language. So if you’re at work or in the presence of impressionable young children, you might want to turn the volume down.
Now, let’s get started…
Mike's life was falling apart by the summer of 1991. Robin Givens divorced him in 1989, alleging mental instability and domestic violence. He somehow lost his undisputed heavyweight champion status to Buster Douglas in February of 1990. And in July of 1991 he was arrested for the rape of an 18-year-old woman.
However, just prior to that arrest, on June 28, 1991, Tyson fought Donovan "Razor" Ruddock for the second time in three months. And in advance of that fight, he appeared on a sports talk show with Ruddock and gave one of the most epic trash-talk performances in the history of sports.
Of course, Tyson never actually made Ruddock his girlfriend. But he did win in a unanimous decision.
9. Make You My Girlfriend
The shooting of Tavon Martin and the murder trial of George Zimmerman captivated the nation in the summer of 2013. And like most Americans, Mike Tyson had some opinions on the matter, which he shared with Yahoo News.
Of course, Tyson's opinion was a little extreme for some people. He said "it's a disgrace George Zimmerman hasn't been dragged out of his house and tied to a car and taken away. That's the only kind of retribution that people like that understand. It's a disgrace that man hasn't been shot yet. Forget about him being arrested—the fact that he hasn't been shot yet is a disgrace. That's how I feel personally about it."
Like I said...a little extreme.
8. The Travon Martin Interview
In early 2003, before a bout against Clifford Etienne at the Pyramid in Memphis—one of the last fights on his boxing career—Mike Tyson proved once and for all that he is not crazy by getting that giant tattoo on his face.
Over the next ten years, that tattoo became part of his identity. In fact, when Tyson tweeted that he was getting the tattoo removed in 2013, #GoodbyeMikeTysonTattoo started trending worldwide.
Of course, it was all just an April Fools joke. That face tat is still there.
7. The Tattoo
In 2011, a Sarah Palin biography claimed the former Alaska governor had sex with NBA player Glen Rice back in 1987—a claim to which Glen Rice admitted in the book. So obviously Mike Tyson had some thoughts on that.
Now, in fairness to Mike, a few media outlets (ahem Fox News) reported that he was joking about Sarah Palin being raped by a black guy, which is not true at all. Tyson said that Palin having an affair with a nice respectable black guy (i.e. Rice) wasn't a big deal, and that the whole story would have been more sensational if it had been a badass like Dennis Rodman.
But yeah, then Tyson did say a bunch of really nasty stuff which he really shouldn't have said.
6. The Sarah Palin Interview
Prior to his fight against Francois Botha in January of 1999, Tyson gave an interview live via satellite to WWOR New Jersey's Russ Salzberg.
It was...rough. First Tyson said he was going to "kill this motherf*cker." Then, when Salzberg asked Tyson about his "rage" in the ring, Tyson said "Well, f*ck it, it's a fight."
Finally, after Salzberg called Mike out on his foul language, the sh*t really hit the fan, and Tyson ended the interview with a "f*ck off."
5. The Francois Botha Interview
This video here is a little montage of Tyson interview highlights from 2002 to 2003, which happens to be right around the time he learned the word "fornicate." As you will see, it has a number of gems. However, the most insane bit would have to be the way he utterly disrespects the female reporter at the 0:36 mark. I mean Jesus Christ, what an a**hole.
4. The Fornicate Interview
If you're familiar with Tyson's career, you know the prospect of fighting then-heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis got Mike Tyson worked up on several occasions. (See #2 on this list, for example.) One of them was the press conference at which they announced the Tyson-Lewis fight, which featured (1) a brawl in which Tyson admittedly bit somebody's leg and (2) a heated shouting match with a reporter that was peppered with homophobic slurs.
3. The Lennox Lewis Press Conference Brawl
In 2000, Tyson knocked out Lou Savarese in just 38 seconds, getting him one step close to a title fight against the aforementioned Lennox Lewis.
After that bout he gave possibly the greatest (that is, craziest) interview of his career.
2. The Best Ever Interview
Come on, internet, of course this takes the top spot on our list of the most insane Mike Tyson moments. I mean, Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear! What could be more insane than that!
(Actually, don't answer that.)
1. The Bite
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