Mike Tyson revealed on the air that he was sexually abused as a child when he was ‘snatched off the street’ by a stranger in Brooklyn.
Tyson became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of the world in 1986 at the age of 20. The former heavyweight champion told his story during a radio interview on Wednesday that the molestation took place when he was seven. ‘He snatched me off the street,’ the boxing legend said during a visit to SiriusXM’s Opie Radio show. ‘I was a little kid…[he was an] old man.’
‘[He] bullied me, sexually abused me and stuff,’ said Tyson. ‘Never seen him again.’
He revealed that this was a one-time incident, never telling anyone until this radio interview. Tyson responded to a question asking him if it changed his life. ‘I don’t know if it did or not.’
He added: ‘I don’t always remember, but maybe I do but I don’t. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed by it.’
Tyson is currently promoting his new cartoon on Adult Swim called Mike Tyson Mysteries.
Born in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 1966, Mike Tyson never really knew his father. The man on his birth certificate, Percel Tyson was a man he never met.
And the man his mother, Lorna Mae, told him was his ‘biological father,’ Jimmy ‘Curlee’ Kirkpatrick Jr was also a fly by night character too. Later, boxing trainer/manager Gus D’Amato stepped in and guided Tyson to a stellar career. Tyson knew he wanted to be a boxer when he watched a movie about Muhammad Ali.
In the new Adult Swim series “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets…by solving mysteries! Aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team — the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry, Mike’s adopted Korean daughter Yung Hee, and a pigeon who was once a man — Mike Tyson will answer any plea sent to him. If you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. The gloves come off
in this quarter-hour series as the former heavyweight champ and his team gears up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries down for the count.
Mike Tyson Mysteries stars Mike Tyson, Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live), Rachel Ramras (MAD) and Oscar® winner Jim Rash (The Way Way Back, Community).
Mike Tyson Mysteries premiered on Monday, October 27th at 10:30 p.m. E/P on Adult Swim.