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“He Was Surrounded by the Wrong People”: Fans Sympathize With Mike Tyson After Past ‘Mistake’ Resurfaces

Published 05/09/2023, 12:00 PM EDT

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson has never been shy about speaking up about his substance issues in the past. The former heavyweight champion struggled with drug use for many years during his tumultuous career, which was marked by controversies both inside and outside of the ring. However, despite facing significant challenges, ‘Iron’ Mike was eventually able to overcome his addiction and turn his life around.

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In the years since his struggles, he has become an advocate for people dealing with mental health and addiction issues. Moreover, he has spoken openly about his struggles with addiction and the role it played in his career and personal life.

Despite the progress he has made, a recently resurfaced picture of Tyson with a ‘powdered nose’ has reignited discussions about his past struggles with addiction. The photo, which appears to have been taken during a low point in Tyson’s life, has been doing rounds online. The picture was taken in 1988, three years after his mentor Cus D’Amato passed away. The photo poked fun at Tyson and claimed that this was due to powered ‘donuts’. “Mike Tyson enjoying powered donuts at a house party in 1998,” the post read.


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Moreover, this was after ‘Iron’ Mike had become the youngest heavyweight champion and was at the ‘top of the world’, which only made him susceptible. This naturally prompted fans to reflect on the boxer’s journey. Many fans took it to the comments section of the post and reacted to the photo of the former champion.

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A user named Olivia stated that Tyson was not surrounded by people who wanted to help him. She also called out the people who clicked the photo while ‘Iron’ Mike was in such a condition. “Definitely he was surrounded by the wrong people, the ones with the drugs and the ones taking his picture while he’s looking like this,” she wrote.


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Another user named Garry claimed that he would not be around Tyson when he was in this state. “I would not want to be around him on c****e,” he wrote. Moreover, a user named April was not sure that Tyson ate powdered donuts. “I don’t think that’s from donuts,” she wrote.


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In the same vein, a user named Janie claimed that this was not due to donuts. “Your know that is not no power donut,” he wrote. Lastly, a user named Sheri pointed out that all the powder was on Tyson’s nose. “Yeah from his nose,” she wrote.


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It can be said that Tyson’s struggles with addiction only increased in the 90s. However, he eventually sought treatment and was able to turn his life around. Now, as Tyson continues to move forward with his life, he remains a powerful symbol of ‘hope’. Although ‘Iron’ Mike’s journey has not been easy, he has shown that with hard work and dedication, it is possible to turn one’s life around. What did you think about this resurfaced picture of Tyson? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering live events and core sports. Sahil holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has authored over 1300 articles at EssentiallySports. His coverage of Sylvester Stallone's training with Earnie Shavers was widely praised for its depth and insight.

Edited By: Shibu Immanuel