Since Lennox Lewis humbled him in the ring in '02, Mike Tyson has become a lot more domesticated – a shadow of his former vicious self really. But it doesn't mean he can't still erupt into a foul-mouthed tirade if need be.
The erstwhile Baddest Man on the Planet showed on Wednesday he still hasn't lost any of his biting ability. The incident occurred when CP24 Toronto News anchor Nathan Downer asked Tyson if his recent meeting with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could actually harm the politician's reelection campaign, since he is a convicted rapist.
“Some of your critics would say, ‘You know, there’s a race for mayor, we know you’re a convicted rapist, this could hurt his campaign,” Downer said. “How would you respond to that?”
Tyson was in Toronto to promote his one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," and certainly wasn't expecting a question with a barbed reminder about his dark past. He went back to being the Mike Tyson of the '90s and launched an expletive-laden against Downer.
“I don’t know who said that, you’re the only one I heard say that,” he shot back. “And I don’t have no comment for that, because it’s negative and you’re being negative…and I met the mayor. And there’s nothing they can do about it.”
And that was just the start. Downer immediately realized what he had done, and tried to make nice with some routine questions, but Iron Mike was having none of it.
More of the same ensued before Downer decided to put himself out of the misery by wrapping up the show.