I have to say, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the photog who got his ass punched and bloodied by Mike Tyson at LAX on Wednesday. Tyson was trying to find his misplaced luggage after a flight from London with his wife and 10-month-old daughter when the photog reportedly got in his face. Look, I get it, violence is never the answer, but you’ve gotta have some sort of death wish to be anything but uber-polite to Mike Tyson, especially when he’s with his family. The guy’s had a hell of a year, and I don’t blame him for taking a zero-tolerance policy with the paps.
We’re told Tyson was at a ticket counter at the United Airlines terminal when the incident occurred. The photographer got punched in the face, hit the ground, got up and began walking, leaving a trail of blood. An LAPD spokesperson said the photographer suffered a minor laceration to the forehead.
Someone at the scene tells TMZ … the photographer got very close to Tyson before the boxer struck him. Our says there’s blood on the ground and Mike was taken away in a squad car. We’re told an ambulance was dispatched at 4:39 PM to LAX and the paparazzo was transported to a local hospital.
Cops say Tyson and the photographer performed citizen’s arrests on each other — both are expected to be booked for misdemeanor battery. Cops also said witnesses backed both stories … so that could get interesting.
If Tyson is prosecuted, given that he’s a former boxing champ, the charge could end up being assault with a deadly weapon.
Okay, question: How do you actually perform a citizen’s arrest? Is that a real thing? Because one time this angry and probably undersexed lady on the street yelled at me for tossing a cigarette on the sidewalk, and she was all like, “That’s illegal, you know” and I was all like, “Then you should probably perform a citizen’s arrest, bitch” and afterward I was all like, “I wonder if she actually could have done that.”
November 12, 2009 at 12:55 am by Evil Beet
As many of you know, Mike Tyson got married last week, just two weeks after losing his four-year-old daughter. Who can judge? If his new wife Lahika Spicer, can help him cope with these dark days, so be it.
One thing I do know: these two are kindred spirits, sharing lots of things in common including their matching history of serving time.
Spicer spent six months in a federal penitentiary last year for taking $71,000 for a teaching job in Philadelphia that she never actually showed up for. Not good. And, of course, Mike Tyson served three years for rape back in the ’90s.
June 12, 2009 at 9:31 am by Wendie
Just two weeks after the tragic death of his four-year-old daughter, Exodus, Mike Tyson married girlfriend Lakiha Spicer in Las Vegas. It’s his third marriage.
The wedding took place on Saturday in a private ceremony at the La Bella Wedding Chapel, its owner Shawn Absher told Reuters.
“No guests whatsoever, just the bride and groom,” Absher said. “Very intimate, sincere. Mike seemed very happy.”
I suppose there are a lot of things that could be said here, in light of the recent events in Tyson’s life. And in light of the recent events in Tyson’s life, I’ll refrain from saying them. I do wish him all the best.
June 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm by Evil Beet
Not just as a parent but just as a general human being, it breaks my heart to report this.
Why do things like this happen? I don’t know what the lesson is.
Prayers, thoughts and strength sent out to their entire family.
May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm by Wendie
I don’t even know what to say. This is so horrible, beyond words.
Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter Exodus is on life support after an accident involving home exercise equipment, the Associated Press reports.
In what police in Phoenix call a tragic accident Monday morning at Tyson’s home there, the girl was reportedly found by her 7-year-old brother with her neck caught in a cable attached to a treadmill. The boy alerted the girl’s mother in another room. Her mother called 911 and tried to revive her, according to the AP. Mike Tyson was said to be in Las Vegas at the time of the accident, but has returned home.
Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill told FOX News, “Somehow she was playing on this treadmill, and there’s a cord that hangs under the console – it’s kind of a loop. Either she slipped or put her head in the loop, but it acted like a noose, and she was obviously unable to get herself off of it.”
Emergency personnel performed CPR on Exodus, who was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she remains on life support, according to the Fox News report. Sgt. Hill described her condition as “extremely critical.”
What an awful, awful accident. It’s the kind of thing that seems like nobody’s fault. It’s just unspeakably awful. Hasn’t this family been through enough? My thoughts and prayers are with the Tyson family right now.
May 25, 2009 at 10:45 pm by Evil Beet
Well, I can’t believe I’m about to write these words but apparently Mike Tyson is doling out advice regarding domestic violence. Feel free to take a moment to let that sink in.
And maybe I’m being overcritical, but there’s something about how he calls women “them” during an interview with MTV that doesn’t sit well with me. Who ever knew a pronoun could sound offensive?
“You can’t abuse them,” he tells MTV. “It’s really sick what you [can] do. She has a space in your heart and you believe you care about her more than anybody in the world.
“Do I think it’s right to beat up a woman? No — hell no,” he adds. “Have I hit a woman before? Hell yeah. Was I wrong? Hell yeah. I’m a product of that environment. Do I regret ever doing that? Hell yeah. Would I do it again? Never.”
He shared his opinion on the Chris Brown/Rihanna debacle as well:
It’s none of my business, but you know what I say about that? I understand the situation. I understand passion with young kids,” Tyson, 42, tells MTV News.
“My personal opinion about that is, he’s just a baby,” adds the former heavyweight champ, who is the subject of a new documentary, Tyson, out Friday. “He’s just a little baby that don’t know how to handle his emotions when it comes to a woman. And he probably hears this and thinks, ‘I know how to handle my emotions’; we all think we do.
“But the fact [is],” Tyson continues, “you look at this person and you might be crazy in love, but we don’t know how to handle those feelings.”
What could have led Brown to beat Rihanna, 21? Tyson blames a “pimp mentality” that is prevalent among young people. “Now you’re a fly guy and a cool guy [you think] … you have to be hard like that,” he says.
Listen, I’m happy anytime a celeb takes a stand against domestic violence. In some ways, it’s even more meaningful coming out of Mike Tyson’s mouth since he’s had a penchant in the past for punching women in the mouth and has a rap sheet the length of my inseam to prove it. But why the excuses? Why does it have to be about “pimp mentality” and youth? Why can’t it just be totally effing unacceptable?