VIDEO: When Mike Tyson Called a Reporter a “Rat Piece of S**t”

Published 09/30/2021, 11:18 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 08: Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson speaks during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at Caesars Palace on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


In 2014, Mike Tyson was on tour in Toronto for his show ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth’ and had been hanging out with the town mayor leading up to that.

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The youngest heavyweight champ appeared on a Canadian news network to talk about his show and purpose for visit. However, reporter Nathan Downer decided to sway away from the intended topic of discussion. He asked him about the influence the mayor might have, given Tyson’s history of a rape conviction.

It is a well-known fact that Mike Tyson does not like to play around. The fact that Downer asked if his criminal past would have an influence on the mayor did not sit well with Tyson.

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I don’t know who said that. You’re the only one I heard who said that.

It’s so interesting because you come across as a nice guy but you’re really a piece of s**t. F**k you. Because it’s negative, and you’re being negative,” said ‘Iron’ Mike.

Downer then interjected by telling him that they were live on television; Tyson said, “What you going to do about it?“.

The reporter then switched topics and asked- “Is it nerve-racking for you to do something like this, or is it more nervous for you to box?“.

Nathan Downer then decided to close the show as Mike Tyson responded by calling him a “rat piece of s**t“.

It’s more nerve-racking for me to sit here talking to a rat piece of shit like you. No because you’re a piece a sh*t, you really are. F**k you,said Mike Tyson.

How did Mike Tyson calm himself down?

The 55-year old has also talked about how his ego initially helped him become the biggest name in boxing and an equally big personality outside the ring. Tyson believes his ego allowed him to outperform some of the best heavyweight boxers of all time.

While his ego set the base for most of his achievements in life, he admits that it later got the better of him.

This eventually led him towards the dark side of his otherwise wildly successful career. During his prime years as a heavyweight fighter, he faced imprisonment for abuse, paid hefty fines for other crimes such as assaulting parking attendants, incurred losses inside the ring, and even filed for bankruptcy in 2003.

Today, Mike Tyson is a completely different man.

In an exclusive ESPN interview, Mike Tyson spoke to Dan Le Batard about how he rediscovered and reconfigured himself through psychedelics.

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The 55-year old said that his experience led to the death of his ego. He felt like he had killed the old Mike Tyson who had once tried to bite off Evander Holyfield’s ear and had spent his way into financial ruins in 2003. Once the effects of the DMT in the toad venom wore off, Tyson felt a sense of happiness and relief.

Now the boxing prodigy is undergoing a career renaissance that he said is the result of psilocybin and DMT-powered mental and spiritual exploration. Even at 55, he is still looking to continue fighting inside the boxing ring. He also shared that his psychedelic experiences are now helping him prepare for more fights inside the boxing ring.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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