Mike Tyson reveals personal struggles with drugs and alcohol in emotional press conference

Mike Tyson brought some personal demons into the light on Friday night at a press conference following his promotional debut on Friday Night Fights. Tyson revealed his ongoing day-to-day struggles with drugs and alcohol and got emotional as he expressed his desire to stay clean and sober while making amends to all the people he has hurt.

Here’s a piece of the presser, transcribed by Bad Left Hook:

I’m a mother- I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic. Wow. God, this is some interesting stuff.

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.

Tough to see a guy like Iron Mike go through struggles that are obviously haunting him, but it’s encouraging to know that he wants to overcome them. I’m certainly rooting for him.

[Deadspin via Bad Left Hook]

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  • Kandylicious

    Hey Mike just lean on Jesus.

  • Jim Harper

    I understand your pain Mike. I too have had a life long battle with drugs & alcohol. I am now almost 65 years old but have now been clean & sober since Dec ’97 which will make 16 years in December. It does get easier though and you have taken the most important first step.
    What is most important is you don’t have to do this by yourself. There are lots of people ready and willing to help.