The last thing people should do is piss Mike Tyson off.
The boxing legend is speaking out against Hulu’s decision to move forward with a documentary series about his life in a Twitter post on Saturday.
On Thursday, Tyson released a statement to ET’s Philiana Ng after the series’ executive producer, Steven Rogers, said the boxer couldn’t be involved in the project because of rights issues:
“[That’s] a flat-out lie. My life rights option expired years ago. Hulu nor any of their supercilious team ever tried to engage in any negotiations with this Black man. In their eyes, I am still just a n—-r on the auction block ready to be sold for their profit without any regard for my worth or my family.
“They say this story is an exploration of a Black man. It’s more like an exploitation of a Black man. Hulu thinks their tracks are covered by hiring Black sacrificial lambs to play the part as frontmen for their backdoor robbery is appalling. I will always remember this blatant disregard of my dignity.”
Last month, Hulu released the trailer for their new series “Mike” based on Tyson’s life that is set to release on August 25th.
Tyson was one of the most dominant heavyweight champions in boxing history, which earned him a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
His life outside the ring is sure to be a focus of the documentary.