Mike Tyson sat down with ESPN’s Jeremy Schapp and opened up about the time he was sexually abused as a child.
He told Jeremy he was grabbed by a man who tried to pull him into a building, but wouldn’t go into details about what was done to him.
“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,” Mike said.
When asked how the experience impacted his life, Tyson said:
“…it made me have to be tough for the world I lived in.”
Despite having interviewed Tyson several times over the last 25 years, Jeremy was surprised by the revelation because it had never come up.
“It was no one’s business to know, people just don’t talk about it because to some people they believe it’s demasculating [sic] them,” Mike said. “I learned that it doesn’t make you any less of a man because it happened.”