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.