Mike Tyson Can Still Get Heated; Feeling “Attacked,” Ex Fighter Lashes Out

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You gotta think tix sales for the Mike Tyson one-man broadway show on tour now are going to uptick, after the former baddest man on the planet showed he can still get into a mode.

On live TV, during an interview on CablePulse24 host Nathan Downer, Tyson was asked about his appearance with controversial, and now sober, Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

In case you missed it, the outfit breaking more news than the NYTimes, TMZ, ran a clip from Tyson's Wednesday appearance on CP24.

Downer poked his stick at the middle-aged but still lethal lion, who of late has been a more sedate animal, but can still get growly when irked. Downer wanted to know about the show, and also Tyson's dealings with Ford. Tyson met and chatted with Ford on Tuesday, and gave him his endorsement. “We're cut from the same cloth,” said Ford of Tyson. The boxer maybe poked the stick himself, when he said, during a meet 'n greet with Ford covered by media, that the 45-year-old Ford has been the focus of rabid coverage for misdeeds because he's been under “24-hour surveillance” by the media.

“He’s a human being,” Tyson said. “We have no idea what you do behind closed doors, what your habits are…And you guys are perfect?”

Downer threw himself into the mouth of the lion, when he asked on Wednesday, in the now infamous chat, “Some of your critics would say, there's a race for Mayor (of Toronto), we know you're a convicted rapist, this could hurt his campaign. How would you respond to that?”

You can see Tyson, 48, tensing, and you wonder of Downer knew what he'd done. “Hey, I don't who said that, you're the only one I heard said that. I don't have no comment,” the ex fighter, and now promoter said. “It's negative and you're being negative. And I met the Mayor, there's nothing they can do about it.”

Local fight promoter Alex Choko, who was present with Tyson for some media dates, took over, and looked to smooth the waters. He said the Mike 'n Mayor meeting went quite well.

The boxer fumed, still, and wasn't ready to move on. Staring at Downer, he said, “It's so interesting, because you come off like a nice guy, but you're really a piece of s—t.”

“Hey, hey, come on,” Downer said, with a 'who me?' look on his face. “We're doing live TV now.”

“I don't care, what are you going to do about it?” said the now provoked ex hitter, proving you can take the boy out of Brownsville, but you can't easily scrub Brownsville outta the boy.

Downer stuck to the script, asking about the Tyson show taking place that night, Wednesday evening, in Toronto. “It speaks for itself, everyone saw the show,” Tyson said, looking at Downer like he was Bruce Seldon. Choko, bless his peace-making soul, talked up the production, mentioning it was heading to Monaco (Oct. 9).

Tyson glowered.

Downer wanted his stick back, and to play nice.

What is more nerve wracking, boxing, or doing the show, he asked amiably.

“It's more nerve wracking to be here talking to a rat piece of shit like you,” he said, eyes burning holes in Downer's chest. “No, because you're a piece of shit…(Expletives bleeped)…Eff you.”

Cue station break and a run to wardrobe to get new drawers for Downer. I would have asked him about it, but a CP24 spokesman said that, “Unfortunately Nathan is unavailable for interviews at this time.”

Frankly, you wonder, actually, if Downer meant to provoke such a reaction…Especially since no one doesn't know that Ford is quite the character. In a Nov. 2013 interview, he told press, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine but … am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.” He went to rehab in April of 2014, so I'm guessing an endorsement from Tyson won't be the difference-maker in his current campaign, for re-election.

Tyson too was looking to move past this situation, I heard. A source in his camp said that Team Tyson, who said a CP24 interview hadn't been signed off on, and CP24 snagged Tyson for the sit-down. The Tyson team felt “bamboozled” and that the boxer felt attacked. Also, the source told me that TMZ said that the station sent TMZ the tape, which makes it seem like even if Downer didn't plan to poke his stick, and manufacture a viral video meltdown, than at the least, they did make sure to capitalize on the brouhaha.

I asked CP24 if they did indeed send the video to TMZ and for a comment from a station exec. “Due to the profane nature of the interview, we did not make the video available for distribution to any media organizations,” a CP24 spokesman said.

Readers, talk to me. Was the question and topic fair game? Was Downer brave, or crazy?

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Several women I spoke to didn't seem to have any problem with Downers' method. Tyson, was, after all, convicted of rape in 1992. Fair enough; no one, I mean no one condones rape… but I can understand his reluctance at rehashing events from 1992…and know that I'd be disinclined to re-process my missteps from 22 years ago on a regular basis. For the record, Tyson maintains in his show that he was wrongly convicted.

On Twitter right after the uncomfortable session, Downer Tweeted, “I'm OK everybody. Unfortunately my question hurt Mike Tyson's feelings. That was not my intentions. My apologies for the language.” And then, “No ill will toward Mike Tyson. He lashed out at me and that's okay. Not taking it personally.”

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COMMENTS

-Buzz Murdock :

Mike said it pretty cleanly, the guy was a piece of sheet.


-The Commish :

That interviewer was and is a complete loser for doing that -Randy G


-the Roast :

I heard this clip on the radio this morning while driving around. What did that piece of s**t think was going to happen? You don't mess with Mike Tyson. The interviewer was lucky to walk away under his own power. I loved when Mike said,"I don't care, what are you going to do about it?" Classic Mike!


-stormcentre :

Yep, agreed. How could you possibly bring that comment up (even if you were not aware of Mike's sensitivity to it and all the other concerning issues surrounding it and the prosecution) in a (very) public and broadcasted manner; without expecting something back? May as well sky-dive into a hungry Lion's den with red meat strapped to yourself, and then start taunting the cats.


-The Commish :

Yep, agreed. How could you possibly bring that comment up (even if you were not aware of Mike's sensitivity to it and all the other concerning issues surrounding it and the prosecution) in a (very) public and broadcasted manner; without expecting something back? May as well sky-dive into a hungry Lion's den with red meat strapped to yourself, and then start taunting the cats.
I don't know a thing about the interviewer but I have seen these kind of make-a-name-for-myself manuevers pulled before. The guy figures, "I'll ask Tyson a rough question and make him squirm. It'll get people talking about it and probably wind up on youtube. I'll be the name that's trending tomorrow. Ahhh. Big market, big money, here I come." Yeh, he's trending all right. I give Tyson credit for not making front page headlines and breaking the guy's jaw! The guy is lucky he can even talk today! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

I don't know a thing about the interviewer but I have seen these kind of make-a-name-for-myself manuevers pulled before. The guy figures, "I'll ask Tyson a rough question and make him squirm. It'll get people talking about it and probably wind up on youtube. I'll be the name that's trending tomorrow. Ahhh. Big market, big money, here I come." Yeh, he's trending all right. I give Tyson credit for not making front page headlines and breaking the guy's jaw! The guy is lucky he can even talk today! -Randy G.
Yep, you probably have the interviewer sussed pretty well. Mike did alright, dude has had a tough life, and now he has tried to make a change. He, or no-one, needs people continually trying to remember him from the negative issues in the past, when there is so much other positive stuff to exploit in an interview. Man, even if I were a prime Lennox Lewis . . I still wouldn't refer to Mike as a convicted rapist, and particularly not on a broadcast; let alone do it and not expect a response. Mike contained himself pretty well.


-The Commish :

Yep, you probably have the interviewer sussed pretty well. Mike did alright, dude has had a tough life, and now he has tried to make a change. He, or no-one, needs people continually trying to remember him from the negative issues in the past, when there is so much other positive stuff to exploit in an interview. Man, even if I were a prime Lennox Lewis . . I still wouldn't refer to Mike as a convicted rapist, and particularly not on a broadcast; let alone do it and not expect a response. Mike contained himself pretty well.
Although we joke about it, I would not be surprised if Mr. Downer did what my one-year-old grandson, Dylan, does every day--soiled his diaper. It's because of garbage like Downer that getting interviews with Tyson is becoming more and more difficult. He never has known who he can trust and these kind of things make him think, "Why should I even bother with any of them?" For the most part, he's right. There are more yellow journalists looking to make a name for themselves like Downer than there are true professionals. I hope to get Mike Tyson into SiriusXM for a one-hour special, and I know we'll cover every topic in his life without making him boil over. I know Tyson and totally respect him. Downer didn't. That's why, for him, his interview turned into a total downer! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

Good comments.


-King Beef :

Looks like he got alittle too brave and comfy with the "kinder gentler" Mike, ......WRONG!!


-Radam G :

Although we joke about it, I would not be surprised if Mr. Downer did what my one-year-old grandson, Dylan, does every day--soiled his diaper. It's because of garbage like Downer that getting interviews with Tyson is becoming more and more difficult. He never has known who he can trust and these kind of things make him think, "Why should I even bother with any of them?" For the most part, he's right. There are more yellow journalists looking to make a name for themselves like Downer than there are true professionals. I hope to get Mike Tyson into SiriusXM for a one-hour special, and I know we'll cover every topic in his life without making him boil over. I know Tyson and totally respect him. Downer didn't. That's why, for him, his interview turned into a total downer! -Randy G.
"... soil his diaper." Hehehe! You got jokes. However, you are spot on. "Yellow (?owardly) journalists" mess it up for you top dawgs. Holla!


-MightyMike5 :

I was just glad to see Mike didn't let him off the hook. This guy was 100% wrong.


-brownsugar :

Agreed ...Tyson was set up. The comment was meant to ruffle his feathers and solicit some juicy sound bytes. This is the direction mainstream journalism has been heading for a while. Get the interviewee to either become upset to show the individual in their worst moment or get some shmuck to stick his foot in his mouth and blast them with an overly righteous attitude and a stern lecture about the perceived indiscretion . The American audience who is constantly trying to validate themselves in everybody else's viewpoint is addicted to shady journalism.