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Nostalgic Visit To Childhood Neighborhood Turns Mike Tyson’s Thoughts To Rape

And murder. Must not forget about murder.

This little excerpt from a Guardian article requires minimal setup, so I’ll just roll with it:

Anyway, it is the pigeons – always the pigeons – that recently brought Mike back to the neighbourhood, along with the inevitable TV crew filming for his new reality series. “Brownsville’s all upscale now,” a bewildered Tyson explains to this month’s Details magazine. “This white woman come up,” he recalls of the visit, “and I’m thinking: Wow. When I was a kid, she would’ve been robbed and raped, left for dead. This is a real strange scenario, and I just wanted to cry. I’m like: ‘Who am I? Where’s my heritage?'”

Wow. You know, at this point, it’s not even amusing to make fun of the poor, pitiful bastard that Mike Tyson has become. As the years pass and the once indestructible boxer is further and further removed from his glory days, the sadder his tale becomes. He has become an over-sensitized parody of himself and the once-feared greatness that struck fear in the hearts of his opponents.

Sure, a lot of it he has brought upon himself – even Tyson, who was taught from a young age that he was invincible and infallible, realizes that – but I cannot help but feel pity for the clearly broken man and for how far he has fallen. He is essentially piss poor, his career in the only thing he was ever taught how to do, for all intents and purposes, is finished and those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the glacial-sized enormity of the man’s many problems. Remember, Tyson had to bury his young daughter, Exodus, just last year after a tragic accident in his home. Heavy, heartbreaking stuff.

It makes you hope that one day, Mike Tyson will receive his redemption, either in this world or the next. Or maybe not. Perhaps it’s just me that wishes for that for Tyson. Maybe I’m just a sorry-ass sap. At least when I go back to my old neighborhood, it doesn’t cause me to think about rape and murder. I guess I should feel pretty lucky about that. Iron Mike sure cant.

A misty-eyed Mike Tyson hankers after the bad old days [The Guardian]
Child’s death is latest awful chapter for Tyson [NBC Sports/AP]