IN THE MIND OF MIKE TYSON

By Eric D. Graham BASN columnist
Updated: July 23, 2012

Funny guy

Funny guy

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—

Jan. 1986 – “When you see me smash somebody’s skull, you enjoy it.”

Feb. 1986 – “I try to catch them right on the tip of his nose because I try to punch the bone into the brain.”

May 30, 1987 – “Every shot was thrown with bad intentions. I was hoping he would get up so I could hit him again and keep him down.”

March 1988 – “Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent. Do you know what I do sometimes? Put on a ski mask and dress in old clothes, go out on the streets and beg for quarters.”

March 1988 – “I love to hit people. I love to. Most celebrities are afraid someone’s going to attack them. I want someone to attack me. No weapons. Just me and him. I like to beat men and beat them bad.

March 1988 – “When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him.”

June 1988 – “Anyone with a grain of sense would know that if I punched my wife I would rip her head off. It’s all lies. I have never laid a finger on her.”

Oct. 1998 – “I know I’m going to blow one day … My life is doomed the way it is. I have no future. I feel bad about my outlook, how I feel about people and society, and that I’ll never be part of society the way I should.”

Dec. 1998 – “I’m not much for talking. You know what I do. I put guys in body bags when I’m right.”

Dec. 1998 – “The one thing I know, everyone respects the true person and everyone’s not true with themselves. All of these people who are heroes, these guys who have been lily white and clean all their lives, if they went through what I went through, they would commit suicide. They don’t have the heart that I have. I’ve lived places they can’t defecate in.”

Jan. 11, 1999 – “I could sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating.”

Jan. 29, 2002 – “Just to let you know, I’m crazy, but I’m not crazy like that. I might want to have sex in a crazy place, but I don’t want to kill or rape nobody or hurt nobody.”

Jan. 29, 2002 – “I’m not Mother Teresa, but I’m not Charles Manson either.”

May 1, 2002 – “I’m just like you. I enjoy the forbidden fruits in life, too. It’s just what I said before, everybody in this country is a big fucking liar. (The media) tells people … that this person did this and this person did that and then we find out that we’re just human and we find out that Michael Jordan cheats on his wife just like everybody else and that we all cheat on our fucking wife in one way or another either emotionally, physically or sexually or one way.”

May 1, 2002 – “There’s no one perfect. We’re always gonna do that. Jimmy Swaggart is lascivious, Tyson is lascivious — but we’re not criminally, at least I’m not, criminally lascivious. You know what I mean. I may like to fornicate more than other people — it’s just who I am. I sacrifice so much of my life, can I at least get laid? I mean, I been robbed of my most of my money, can I at least get “head” without the people wanting to harass me and wanting to throw me in jail?”

May 1, 2002 – “I feel like sometimes that I was born, that I’m not meant for this society because everyone here is a fucking hypocrite. Everybody says they believe in God but they don’t do God’s work. Everybody counteracts what God is really about. If Jesus was here, do you think Jesus would show me any love? Do you think Jesus would love me? I’m a Muslim, but do you think Jesus would love me … I think Jesus would have a drink with me and discuss … why you acting like that? Now, he would be cool. He would talk to me. No Christian ever did that and said in the name of Jesus even … They’d throw me in jail and write bad articles about me and then go to church on Sunday and say Jesus is a wonderful man and he’s coming back to save us. But they don’t understand that when he comes back, that these crazy greedy capitalistic men are gonna kill him again.”

Sept. 14, 2000 – “I’m on the Zoloft to keep me from killing y’all … It has really messed me up, and I don’t want to be taking it, but they are concerned about the fact that I am a violent person, almost an animal. And they only want me to be an animal in the ring.”

June 28, 2004 – “I’ve got nowhere to live. I’ve been crashing with friends, literally sleeping in shelters. Unsavory characters are giving me money and I’m taking it. I need it. The drug dealers, they sympathize with me. They see me as some sort of pathetic character … I know I was a tough, bad-ass talking fighter, but I ain’t no mob figure. I did my time for the rape. I paid my money to Las Vegas. I paid my dues. I ain’t the same person I was when I bit that guy’s ear off.”