Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has said he was high on drugs during many of his major boxing matches — and even used a fake phallus filled with someone else’s urine to fool drug testers.
Tyson admits in a new book he spent significant periods of his life addicted to cocaine and marijuana. He was a “full-blown cokehead” who first tried the drug at age 11 and had his first taste of alcohol as a baby, he writes in Undisputed Truth.
He even used a fake penis to fool drug testers.
On that occasion, prior to a 2000 bout against Lou Savarese in Glasgow, Tyson said he had used cocaine and marijuana prior to the match. In the same year that Tyson had to resort to what he calls his “whizzer” to beat the drugs rap, he was fined $200,000 after testing positive for marijuana following a fight against Andrew Golata in Detroit. The man known as “Iron Mike” claims that on that occasion, he was tested before he had the chance to get his device from his support crew.
Tyson also claims he was high on cocaine prior to an infamous press conference promoting his last major fight, against Lennox Lewis in 2002. The press conference degenerated into a brawl between the fighters’ two camps before Tyson emerged from the melee to scream at a reporter who suggested he should be put in a straitjacket, saying “Come here and tell me that, and I’ll [expletive] you in your [expletive], you punk white boy ... You scared, coward, you’re not man enough to [expletive] with me, you can’t last two minutes in my world.”
Tyson explained how his reliance on drugs began at an early age: “The history of war is the history of drugs. Every great general and warrior from the beginning of time was high.”
Writing about the 2002 press conference brawl with Lewis, he said: “I lost my mind. I looked over at him and wanted to hit the motherfucker.”
Years later Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America pageant contestant.
Tyson denies he raped her and said he “ate lobster in prison” and even embarked on an affair with his drugs counsellor among other “visitors”.
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