Mike Tyson Admits He’s ‘A Vicious Alcoholic’

Mike Tyson Admits He's 'A Vicious Alcoholic'Former heavyweight boxing superstar Mike Tyson opened up about his sobriety and a 30-year beef with Teddy Atlas in an emotional press conference following his debut as a promoter on ESPN Friday Night Fights, according to FightNetwork.com.

‘Lying to everybody’

The 47-year-old responded with a lengthy soliloquy that ultimately led him to discuss his sobriety. Tyson’s comments regarding his ongoing disagreement with Atlas and his recovery quickly transitioned into an admission about his drug and alcohol abuse when he told media that he had been sober for less than a week:

I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle. I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.

‘On the verge of dying’

Tyson, who described himself as “a vicious alcoholic on the verge of dying,” added that he wants to be forgiven by Atlas and others and hopes he can change his life for the better.

Since retiring from the sport, Tyson has given Hollywood a shot, making several cameo appearances in The Hangover film series. Tyson also stars in his own one-man Broadway show titled Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.

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Source: Patrick Clarke | Bleacher Report

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Hollywood Mall Bans Manny Pacquiao After ‘Anti-Gay’ Rant

Manny Pacquiao won’t be shopping with the stars ever again, as the homophobic boxing superstar has been banned from Hollywood’s ultimate entertainment destination.

LA Weekly’s Simone Wilson reports Pacquiao has been outlawed by the commercial center for his over-the-top anti-gay statements this week. While quoting Bible verses, the boxing star didn’t just say he was against the homosexual lifestyle, Pacquiao stunningly divulged gay men should be “put to death” for their sexual crimes.

Management at the Grove quickly issued a statement explaining why the boxer has been officially forbidden from entering the star-studded shopping mecca: “Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.”

Since then, it has come out that the original article attributed a quote to Pacquiao that he never said: Granville Ampong, the “conservative examiner” over at Examiner.com (a news website that lets just about anyone submit articles) now says Pacquiao never referenced the offensive passage taken from Leviticus 20:13, which states that “if a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

Still, the prejudiced pugilist attempted to defend his position with media in the Philippines: “I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God,” he told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo. “I’m not against gay people … I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God.”

Did Manny Pacquiao deserve to be banned from the Hollywood Mall? Tell us what you think!

Source: Yahoo News

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