- CHARITY BENEFIT
You can beat the hell out of people, be a drug addict, practice cannibalism, go broke because of excess and rape 18 year old beauty queens, but you can parlay that into a Broadway show if the right people are behind you. Who am I talking about? Mike Tyson is coming to Broadway with his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” Spike Lee, will direct, the Longacre Theatre, will play home for six nights starting July 31st.
According to his website; “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” is “a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. A must-see theatrical knockout.” “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” was written by his wife, Kiki Tyson.
All I can say is on the front page of USA Today on June 3, 2005, Tyson was quoted as saying: “My whole life has been a waste – I’ve been a failure.” He continued: “I just want to escape. I’m really embarrassed with myself and my life. I want to be a missionary.
On December 29, 2006, Tyson was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of DUI and felony drug possession. On February 8 he checked himself into an in-patient treatment program for “various addictions” while awaiting trial on the drug charges. He never spent the time.
On September 24, 2007, Mike Tyson pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and driving under the influence. He was convicted of these charges in November 2007 and sentenced to 24 hours in jail, 360 hours community service and 3 years probation. Prosecutors had requested a year-long jail sentence, but the judge praised Tyson for seeking help with his drug problems.
Tyson has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Now that should take a bite out of Broadway.