At a press conference following his promotional debut on Friday Night Fights, Mike Tyson told an assembled crowd of media members and bystanders that he is a "vicious alcoholic," who's spent the last few years lying about the state of his sobriety. The 47-year-old said that he currently stands on the verge of dying because of his drug and alcohol addictions, and that the six days he just spent without a drink represent a milestone in his life.
He continued: “I'm a motherfucker. I'm a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things and I want to be forgiven,” Tyson said, speaking about his former trainer Teddy Atlas. “I don't wanna fight [Teddy] no more. I was wrong. I'm sorry. I just wanted to make amends. If he accepted it or not, at least I could die and go to my grave and say I made amends with everybody I hurt.”
“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.”
This is pretty surprising, because—at least to any outsider following his life—Tyson lately seemed to have his shit together. He's cracked jokes on Kimmel, he's appeared in The Hangover, he's starred in a limited-run Broadway show, never missing a performance even when the reviews weren't so hot. As late as 2011, he was telling Ellen DeGeneres about his sober and vegan life, and by all accounts, his third marriage with Lakiha Spicer is going well.
This all doesn't seem like the behavior of a man holed up with a drug problem—but, then again, addicts can fool. Hopefully, Iron Mike gets the help he needs before it's too late.
[H/T: CBS Sports]