Mike Tyson gives a bizarre interview and public appearance by stating he’s only been sober for 12 days and on the verge of dying unless he gets help for his alcoholism. Tyson made the comments last week as a boxing promoter.
The former “Baddest Man on the Planet” sat down with Matt Lauer of the “Today Show” who sought to find out more about the former boxer’s recent admission that he’s still grappling with substance abuse issues.
Tyson uttered those words last Friday at a post-fight press conference for his initial venture as a boxing promoter, admitting he’s just been sober for six days.
Tyson visited that theme again on Thursday’s “Today Show” in a segment that was taped in Las Vegas with the two facing each other just a few inches apart and Tyson sometimes leaning over, as if trying to peer at Lauer’s notes.
“When I start drinking and I relapse, I think of dying,” Tyson told Lauer, in a piece that was taped on Wednesday. “When I’m in a real dark mood, I think of dying. And I don’t want to be around no more. I won’t survive unless I get help.”
Lauer’s interview with Tyson was heavily hyped on “Today,” with teases sandwiched between segments on the growing crisis in Syria and news of Valerie Harper’s ongoing battle with terminal cancer.
“I’ve been sober 12 days now and it’s tough,” Tyson said in his first public comments since Friday. “I’m mean and irritable.”
Later, he spoke of his difficulties, abstaining from drugs and alcohol.
“Yes, it’s a real challenge because I don’t know if I like this sober guy,” Tyson said. “It’s hard for me to live normal – straight is hard.”
The interview with Lauer came on the heels of Tyson’s stunning comments on Friday that he still struggles with substance abuse issues.
“I’m on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic,” Tyson said at the post-fight press conference at the Turning Stone Resort in upstate New York. “I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle. I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not.”
The media in attendance later rose to give him a standing ovation when Tyson told them he would never use again.