In late 2014, Rory Holloway, a friend and former manager of former world champion boxer Mike Tyson, released Taming the Beast: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, a juicy tell-all book revealing the craziest anecdotes and memories of Tyson's heyday in the late '80s and early '90s.
Via the New York Post, we've come across some of book's choice moments, starting with, naturally, that one time he told Michael Jordan, "I know you fucked with my bitch," while dining with Jordan, Holloway, Mike Ditka, Don King, and former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Richard Dent. Tyson was referring to his ex-wife, the actress Robin Givens. Per the Post:
It happened sometime after Tyson had divorced his first wife, actress Robin Givens, and he was taking the separation hard.
What made the situation explosive was that Jordan had dated Givens before she met Tyson.
“Mike Tyson’s sitting there with his drink of choice, a Long Island Tea, and when he drinks his real feelings come out …,” Holloway writes.
“I’m telling the server to water his drinks down ‘cause I see where this is going. Mike stares across the table at Michael Jordan. He says, ‘Hey man, you think I’m stupid? I know you f—-d with my b—h.’
Tyson didn't stop going in, either.
Mike turns to Ditka. ‘Man, you think somebody scared of you, all that racist s–t you been talking?’ He says to Dent, ‘Y’all scared of this damn white man, Richard? He ain’t nobody. You gonna let him talk that way?’
“It was a circus, for real, that night. Don King trying to change the subject. Me and John trying to hold Mike down. Mike telling everyone he’s going to bust Jordan’s ass. Jordan’s dressed sharp as always and he can’t get out of there fast enough.”
Taming the Beast also provides details about an alleged bathroom hook-up between Tyson and Naomi Campbell at a Russell Simmons party, as well as Tyson's attempts to use voodoo to ward off his 1992 rape conviction. Intrigued? Pick up your copy of the book here.
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