Mike Tyson Opens Up About Childhood Abuse

In a recent interview with ESPN former boxer Mike Tyson opened up about being sexually abused as a child.

On ESPN’s E:60, an investigative sports broadcast, Mike Tyson reveals to host Jeremy Schapp that he was grabbed by a man who tried to pull him into a building. Tyson didn’t really go into further detail beyond that.

“Well, I don’t like to talk about that; I like to keep that where it was, in the past, but I was molested as a child,” he said.

Tyson says Schapp was the first person he told, saying his abuse “made [him] have to be tough for the world [he] lived in.” Being molested isn’t something that embarrasses Tyson, in fact he said “I learned that it doesn’t make me any less of a man because it happened.”

After an in-depth episode featuring Mike Tyson, host Jeremy Schapp opened up to Ring TV expressing the importance for viewers to see a different side of the retired boxer.

“The goal is always to bring viewers closer…to expand their understanding…I think even viewers who’ve been watching Tyson for decades will get something from this,” he concluded.

 – Contributed by Devyn Rorie

WHUR Contributor


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