Famed boxer Mike Tyson made some humbling confessions on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights (See video below). He said he had not used drugs or alcohol for six days, and “for me , that’s a miracle.”
“I’m on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic,” he said. “I’m a bad guy sometimes; I did a lot of bad things and I want to be forgiven.”
“I want to live a different life now,” Tyson said.
Director Spike Lee praised Tyson’s courage and honesty on July 25 at an HBO event promoting “Undisputed Truth,” a documentary set to air later this year that brings Tyson’s one-man stage show to the screen. Lee worked with Tyson on the film.
Variety magazine reported on Lee’s encouraging words, quoting: “Most human beings are not going to display dark parts of themselves and the demons they have to the world. It’s just not human instinct.”
Lee said Tyson is “the most honest human being” he knows.
“He’s out there on the stage, naked, sharing his experience, and his ups and downs with the audience. It’s traumatic. To do that without thinking about whether people are going to like you, love you, hate you,” he said. “I couldn’t do it.”