Mike Tyson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show the other day. He seems to be a changed man. He is promoting his new pigeon show on Animal Planet that is currently being protested by PETA. We're not sure about that.
What seems to be obvious though is that he is a changed man. Gone is the punk kid dominated by Don King. Gone is the violent punk that was convicted of rape and sentenced to prison. Gone is the raging man that chewed the ear off of Evander Holyfield in 2007.
Tyson is doing his best to change the public perceptions of him.
Here is what he had to say, in part, on Ellen, regarding the loss of his daughter.
"'I had a four-year-old daughter who, unfortunately, had an accident and died,' said the boxer.
I was pretty outraged, torn apart. When I went to the hospital when she was on the machine, I was anticipating, because I was probably coming down from a hangover, but I'm anticipating that I'm going to go to the hospital and raise hell. Once I got there and saw other people who had children who already died or were dying, they were handling it with dignity and I didn't want to be the psycho parent.'
'I wanted to handle it with dignity as well. Their kids were dying too so I didn't have any right to be a psycho. I just had to handle it like everyone else and be humble and be at ease.'
He has now been clean for over two years. Along with giving up alcohol and drugs, he also become a vegan. "
We do like the new Mike Tyson. He used to be the best boxer in the world. Now let's hope he can put his past behind him and be the best person he can be.
Going vegan is a hell of a start.
Did you catch him on SNL? Or in The Hangover? He was pretty good!