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- Mike Tyson
- July, 1991
- Served Three Years of a Six Year Sentence
The arrest of Mike Tyson:
With nicknames like "Kid Dynamite" "the Baddest Man on the Planet" and "Iron Mike", Mike Tyson certainly had a top-notch calling card for his job.
He was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, bursting upon the scene to win the championship at the age of 20 years, four months and 22 days - the youngest boxer to win the WBC WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. And he was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold those titles and the only heavyweight to successfully unify them.
Michael Gerard Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father was listed as Percel Tyson on his birth certificate, but the man Mike knew as his father was Jimmy Kirkpatrick. Tyson remembered Jimmy as a street guy caught up in the street world – including hanging out in pool halls and on neighborhood corners.
Kirkpatrick, who linked up with Mike's mother Lorna Smith Tyson, abandoned the Tyson family around the time Mike was born, leaving Tyson's mother to care for her children alone.
They lived in the tough Bedford Stuyvesant area until they moved to Brownsville when Tyson was 10. Mike's mother died six years later, leaving 16-year-old Tyson in the care of boxing manager and trainer Cus D'Amato, who would become his legal guardian.
Living in high crime neighborhoods as a boy, his first fight was with a bigger boy who pulled the head off of one of Tyson's pigeons
Mike was also caught committing petty crimes. He ended up in the Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, New York but his boxing ability was discovered there at the juvenile detention center. He trained there with a man named Bobby Stewart.
Mike's success in the ring was book-ended by problems in his personal life.
His marriage to actress Robin Givens ended in divorce. She claimed that their tumultuous marriage was marked with violence spousal abuse and mental instability on Tyson's part. It all came to a head in September 1988 when Tyson and Givens gave a joint interview to ABC's Barbara Walters, in which Givens described life with Tyson.
In July 1991, Tyson was arrested for the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington.
She was the "Miss Black Rhode Island". It happened in an Indianapolis hotel room. Washington claims he invited her to a party but then forced himself on her back in his hotel room. Tyson claimed the sex was fully consensual.
Tyson's trial took place in Indianapolis from January 26 through February 10, 1992. He was convicted of rape on February 10, 1992 after ten hours of jury deliberation.
The conviction was appealed by attorney Alan Dershowitz, who noted Washington had a history of at least one false accusation of rape. But that attempt failed as the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled against Tyson in a 2-1 vote.
Mike spent three years of a six year sentence at the Indiana Youth Center. After his parole Tyson easily won comeback bouts. He regained his WBC title from Frank Bruno in March, 1996. But after being stripped of the WBC title, Tyson lost his WBA crown to Evander Holyfield in November 1996. And in a 1997 rematch, when Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield's ear.
After professional boxing, Tyson was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona in December 2006 on suspicion of driving under the influence and felony drug possession. He admitted to using drugs and stated he was an addict and had a problem. However, he pleaded not guilty in the Maricopa County Superior Court to felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession.
In September, 2007, Mike pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and driving under the influence.
And he was continued to be dogged by controversy in September 2011, when he made comments in an interview about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008), which included crude and violent descriptions of interracial sex.
He tried to explain what he meant in a later interview with Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News Channel.
For the record, Joe McGinnis alleged in his book "The Rogue: Searching for The Real Sarah Palin", that Palin had a fling with ex-NBA star Glen Rice. Palin never responded to that.
As far as Tyson goes, he wrote a book of his own called "Undisputed Truth" in 2013 and it made the "New York Times' Bestseller List".