Mike Tyson on substance abuse: 'I'm on the verge of dying'
Mike Tyson, who recently began a new venture as a boxing promoter, admitted to significant substance abuse on Friday night, but the former heavyweight champ said he's trying to turn his life around.
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Mike Tyson, just days removed from introducing his newest venture as a boxing promoter under the label, “Iron Mike Productions,” admitted Friday night that he was on the “verge of dying” because of his constant struggles with substance abuse.
“I’m on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic,” Tyson said on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, following the debut of his first promotional fight card at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.
“I’m a mother------. I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things and I want to be forgiven,” Tyson said in the context of apologizing to his former trainer Teddy Atlas. The two had suffered from a long-standing falling out in the 1980s, but evidently, Tyson wanted to repent.
“I don’t wanna fight you no more,” Tyson said of Atlas. “I was wrong. I’m sorry. I just wanted to make amends. If he accepted it or not, at least I could die and go to my grave and say I made amends with everybody I hurt.”
Tyson also admitted to regular drug use and expressed hope that he could finally become clean.
“I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle,” he admitted. “I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”
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