Mike Tyson Needs a Hug

July 15, 2010

Mike Tyson may not be the self-assured, renaissance man that his character witnesses would have you believe. In a recent interview with Details magazine, the former champ claimed "I’m 44, and I realize that my whole life is just a f****** waste. Objectively, I'm a pig [and] a really damaged human being." (After this, things just got weird…)

It's very difficult for me when people are offering me all that adulation and love. I just feel dirty. These people want to hug me, they want to touch me, and I'm feeling like, "Get your fucking hands off me." I feel that energy of theirs, and it's just filth and murder. It's not that they're bad people necessarily; it's just that they did something bad, and you can feel it on them.

Granted, Tyson has always been a mercurial man at the best of times, but these sentiments seem to cross the line of “normal Iron Mike craziness” and enter the realm of psychological morbidity:

I only know I'm not supposed to be here. I'm supposed to be in prison for murder. I'm supposed to be dead by now, have AIDS or something.

There’s not a lot left to say about this.

Feel better, Mike. The world is pretty excited about The Hangover sequel and nobody likes Evander Holyfield, anyways.

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