If the demented backstory behind Mike Tyson is something that interests you, I strongly recommend buying his new book “Undisputed Truth.” In it, Tyson talks about everything from his childhood to his fighting career to the time he hit rock bottom. The former heavyweight champion also documents his frightening cocaine addiction.
In a must-read excerpt from the book that Deadspin passed along, Tyson tells a story about the time Don King offered him a $20 million settlement to become his promoter again. One thing led to another and Tyson packed a “big block of coke and a duffel bag with a half-pound of reefer” and flew on King’s private jet down to meet him.
When Tyson was “higher than the plane was” during the flight, he said it occurred to him that he was the one who paid for the plane and that King was acting like he was doing him a favor. We’ll let him tell you what happened after he landed Fort Lauderdale.
The drugs were playing with my head and I was freaking out and getting jealous.
Don picked us up at the private airport in his Rolls and he had Isadore Bolton, who used to be my chauffeur before he stole him from me, driving some of Don’s associates in the lead car. We were driving down to Miami from Fort Lauderdale on the I-95. Don said some innocuous thing, and all that jealousy and rage spilled out of me and I kicked him in his f—ing head. Boom! You don’t turn your back on a jealous cokehead.”
Tyson said he then began choking King from the back seat and caused him to swerve onto the media. When Tyson got out to hop in the front seat so he could kick King’s ass some more, he wisely sped off and left Iron Mike and his close friend Jackie Rowe on the side of the highway. That’s when Isadore, the aforementioned driver, came back to pick them up and Tyson socked him too.