Mike Tyson once kicked his former promoter Don King in the head and has now explained he did it because he “loved” him.
At the height of his career, Iron Mike was dubbed “the baddest man on the planet” for good reason.
The wild and ruthless heavyweight champion could be unpredictable at the best of times, let alone when crossed.
Tyson and King had a rocky relationship which was marred by the promoter’s attitude towards financial dealings.
In 1998, Tyson sued King for $100 million (eventually winning $14 million) alleging he defrauded him out of millions during their partnership.
Initially, when he discovered this problem, “The Baddest Man on the Planet” opted for a more personal approach, rather than involving lawyers.
“We’re driving and the next thing I know I freaked out and kicked the guy,” Tyson recalled on his Hotboxin’ podcast in 2020.
“As soon as I kicked him in the back of the head he put the breaks on. As soon as we stop, I beat him in the car.
“I try to put the girl in the front seat to hold him so he can’t run because I couldn’t [hit] him as I wanted.
“As soon as I let him go, he got out of the car.
“I tried to cross and he did a little U-turn and came back to the front, drove off and left me on the freeway.”
Tyson continued: “Then one of his security guys in a Rolls Royce comes along, he thinks we’re stuck on the road.
“He stops and I’m angry because he’s Don’s security guard, so I’m giving him a chance. Pow.
“It’s cold in the middle of the street.
“A police car is coming. The guy came out. I have cocaine and marijuana in a box my girlfriend was holding.
“The [officer] puts us in the car and takes us to the hotel and asks me, ‘Are you okay Mr Tyson?’
“I said, ‘Thank you very much, officer.’
“F***ing bricks of cocaine and marijuana all I got in there. He took us to the hotel. I should be handcuffed. didn’t ask anything.
“I think he’s taking us to the police station…He took us straight to the hotel.”
Years later, Tyson is now a much softer character and has a totally different take on his past escapades.
“I’m sorry I did this,” Tyson said on The Pivot podcast this month.
“[He was] fuck with money and shit. Not doing the right s***.
When asked why he didn’t take the legal route to begin with, Tyson replied, “Exactly, that’s the route I would normally take.
“But I loved him… It was family shit.
“Sometimes you have to treat family like strangers to make family act like family.”
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