It's easy to be sympathetic toward former boxing champion Mike Tyson -- assuming you don't dig too deep.
The former WBC, WBA and IBF kingpin is releasing a new memoir titled Undisputed Truth, which recounts the wild and wacky ride that comprised his turbulent career in the "sweet science," one that saw him become the youngest boxer to win the heavyweight title at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old.
The Sydney Morning Herald has a taste of what to expect:
"I was a full-blown cokehead," Tyson says in Undisputed Truth, published today (Wednesday). Recalling his shock 2004 loss to Britain's Danny Williams, he reveals he was taking drugs until shortly before the fight.
He says that he was high before taking to the ring for a match against Lou Savarese in Glasgow in June 2000 - and came up with an ingenious method to prevent detection by the sport's official testers.
Confessing that he had taken "blow" and "pot" before the bout, he says: "I had to use my whizzer, which was a fake penis where you put in someone's clean urine to pass your drug test". He blamed a $200,000 fine for testing positive for marijuana after a 2000 fight against Andrew Golota in Detroit on the fact that he was tested before having a chance to get the 'whizzer' from a member of his team, whom he claims typically carried the device from fight to fight.
Remember that stint behind bars that came from a rape conviction?
Turns out it wasn't so bad, since "Iron Mike" got to eat lobster in prison and bang his drug counselor. That's probably why she failed to keep him on the straight and narrow, as the ex-pugilist recently admitted that he was lying about his new-found sobriety.
Still, his contributions to combat sports have kept him in and around Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as well as on stage for his one-man show titled "Being Mike Tyson." Perhaps that venomous rant from this ex-UFC title contender wasn't that far off the mark?
As far as his new book, I can't even imagine what other revelations await...