Mike Tyson Snaps at Reporter on Live TV

Mike Tyson was recently in Toronto for a performance of his one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. He also met with Rob Ford, who is the current Mayor of Toronto and refereed to Ford as being “the best mayor in Toronto’s history.” Mike Tyson seems to fit the bill for Ford’s “nobody’s perfect” redemption campaign. Ford has made his fair share of mistakes too, most recently admitting to public drunkenness, drinking and driving, and illegal drug use last year. Competitors in this year’s election have accused Ford of turning the election into a “circus” and have accused Ford as acting more like a “celebrity” than a mayor. The question is how far from perfect is acceptable in a political campaign? Tyson did not take too kindly to a reporter’s questions from a local news station at CP24 in Toronto. The reported asked if his endorsement could actually hurt Ford’s campaign, considering he’s a convicted rapist. Mike Tyson’s response on live television…

The reporter did his best job at keeping composure. Considering this was live television, he had no other option, but Tyson responded by saying, “I don’t care. What are you going to do about it?” Tyson also told the reporter, “It’s so interesting, you come off like a nice guy…but that was really a piece of s–t, that comment. F–k you. That was a piece of s–t.” Though being on live television might have saved the reporter’s life.

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Tyson has a history of blowing up on reporters, so this isn’t a first. The reporter, Nathan Downer, knows it can be part of the business. He responded on twitter with no anger towards Tyson. Either because he’s a professional or scared. I’ll guess both.

The reporter was simply asking a legitimate question, but Tyson clearly did not see it that way. Downer even apologized to the viewing audience because of the language on television. There may not be any ill will toward Tyson, but I don’t think we’ll spot these two hanging out any time soon.

Mike Tyson’s past has found him convicted of rape and multiple other offenses. Rob Ford has related himself to the great boxer and thinks they share similarities. Maybe they are the perfect duo to take Toronto by storm. Hopefully it doesn’t become the perfect storm…

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