A new book by a longtime friend of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is, as you would imagine, full of the most Mike Tyson-esque stories. In “Taming the Beast: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson” the champ’s manager Rory Holloway shares some incredible moments that are so ridiculous, if it were anyone other than Iron Mike, you’d probably not believe them.
Take the dinner party Tyson attended in Chicago that occurred after he had divorced his first wife, the lovely Robin Givens. Tyson, ever emotional, was apparently not taking the separation very well and found himself out to dine with Mike Ditka, Bears’ defense end Richard Dent, Don King’s hair, and none other than Michael Jordan.
As it turned out, Tyson was all too aware that Jordan had been romantically involved with Givens before Tyson and the actress met. We’ll let Holloway tell the rest.
Mike Tyson’s sitting there with his drink of choice, a Long Island Tea, and when he drinks his real feelings comes out
Already, it’s perfect. Of course Iron Mike, the man with some of the most deadly fists in the world, would drink all the liquors in one perfectly sweet concoction.
Mike stares across the table at Michael Jordan. He says, ‘Hey man, you think I’m stupid? I know you fucked with my bitch.’
Jordan looks like he just seen a ghost. ‘I know you messed with her,’ Mike says. ‘You can tell me.’
Jordan, it’s obvious he just wants to get up and run. He wants no part of this.
It was a circus, for real, that night. Don King trying to change the subject….Mike telling everyone he’s going to bust Jordan’s ass. Jordan’s dressed sharp as always and he can’t get out of there fast enough.”
Oh, to see the looks on Ditka and Dent’s faces as the world’s baddest motherfucker was crushing liquor and ready to kick the shit out of Michael Jordan. Jordan has never backed down from anyone on a basketball court, but you’ve got to imagine His Airness knew he couldn’t push Iron Mike away like he were, oh, say Byron Russell…
As good as the dinner party story is, Holloway has more to share about Tyson, including a juicy anecdote involving Naomi Campbell and a bathroom.
At a party hosted by Russell Simmons, Holloway looked across the room and saw Tyson talking to the supermodel.
I had to rub my eyes. I mean, the most exciting thing at that time was Naomi Campbell. She was wild and vivacious, with these legs that went on for days.
I’m stuck holding their drinks ‘cause Mike says he gotta use the restroom. Next thing I know, Naomi’s following him in there. Holy shit. Guests are walking up. ‘Bathroom’s taken,’ I’m telling them.
Minutes go by and it’s getting uncomfortable. I finally crack open the door, ‘C’mon Mike.’ I see Naomi. She’s up on the toilet, heels and long legs spread, skirt hiked up, and Mike’s pumping away.
Thank you Rory Holloway. Just when we thought we’d heard it all about Mike Tyson, you go and write a book with some epic tales never before shared. If the rest are half as good as the first two promotional excerpts, it’s a must read.