“I Was Molested as a Child”: Mike Tyson Sheds Light on the Impact of a Traumatic Experience in a Resurfaced Video

Published 07/16/2023, 12:44 PM EDT

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Mike Tyson is the name that still inspires million even though it has been 12 years since he last laced up for a professional boxing match. Tyson, at the age of 57, has still managed to garner attention and stay relevant due to his intriguing personality. A lot of what Tyson is today can be directly connected to his past and the struggles he faced during his formative years. Tyson has given a lot of interviews and has talked about the tough years of his life on multiple occasions.

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In one of the interviews, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ revealed one of the most traumatic experiences of his life. The segment of the interview has been making rounds on Instagram and has garnered a lot of attention yet again. So, now it begs the question, what was the incident that scarred the ‘Kid Dynamite’?

Mike Tyson revealed the tragic event he can’t seem to forget

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Back in 2017, Mike Tyson sat down with ESPN‘s reporter, Jeremy Schaap on his show, E:60. He admitted that he has been sexually abused when he was just a 7-year-old, which left a great impact on him and, some would say, set him towards taking up boxing as a career. Although he refused to dive deep too into the details, he confessed that man grabbed him and pulled him into a building.

Schaap asked him if that incident left an impact on him later in his life. Tyson replied, “It made me having to be tough“. Then, after being questioned whether he still feels furious thinking about it, Tyson enunciated that he does feel like that sometimes.

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Schaap said that it was probably because he didn’t want to be grabbed like that again. Tyson repeated, “Never again.” He hasn’t talked much about this incident and didn’t even tell his mother about it. Once, he even expressed regret about not talking much with his mother, and how he lost the chance to know that woman closely.

Tyson feels guilty not sharing things with his mother

Mike Tyson lost his mother, Lorna Smith Tyson when he was only 16 years old, and he also saw the death of his 24-year-old sister in 1990. So at a very young age, he had to deal with the deaths of his family members. Well, Tyson once talked about how he never knew his mother that well. Tyson blamed his mother for being “s*xually dysfunctional” .

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According to Bleacher Report, Tyson stated that he never saw a smile on her face. He said, “I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something.” He further expressed that his mother only saw him as a kid running wild in the streets.

She always kept mum when he used to bring stolen items back home. Tyson stated, “I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Professionally, it has no effect, but it’s crushing emotionally and personally.

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This proves that motherhood is really important for a child’s development and happiness. Tyson always felt dejected by his family and surroundings. And one could only imagine how Tyson would have turned out to be without Cus Dimato’s intervention after his mother’s death. What are your thoughts about Tyson’s tragic story? Let us know in the comments section.

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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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