Mike Tyson is bad for
the sweet science
For all the bad press boxing has gotten
— the sport is too violent, boxers suffer permanent brain damage — nothing
compares to the bad
publicity Mike Tyson can generate.
Tyson is a one-man sin factory. He has
been accused twice of rape, convicted once (he will stand trial this spring
for the second charge), been
involved in numerous brawls, bit a chunk
out of Evander Holyfield's ear and beaten his former wife Robin Givens.
Tyson has also been diagnosed with mental
problems, specifically depression and rage issues.
Most recently though, he was in line to
fight Lennox Lewis, the champion who is widely acclaimed as the best heavyweight
in the world today.
Unfortunately, at a press conference for
the upcoming fight, Tyson started throwing punches at Lewis' bodyguard.
A melee ensued, with
participants from both boxers' camps joining
Sources have said that Tyson even bit Lewis'
foot during the brawl.
This debacle comes just weeks after Tyson
assaulted an employee of the hotel he was staying at in Cuba, of all places.
American citizens aren't
even supposed to go to Cuba.
Perhaps the worst part for Tyson is that
both of his most recent indiscretions were caught on tape. A local television
station filmed the hotel
incident and national media caught the
press conference altercation.
Tyson is a cancer in a sport that can't
afford any more publicity. Perhaps the latest incidents in Tyson's long
history of problems will be the one
that gets him banned from boxing forever.