It appeared that Mike Tyson had changed his life in recent years. However, the former professional boxer has now admitted that the perception of his new and improved self is not the reality.
At a press conference this weekend at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Central New York, Tyson revealed that he has not defeated his drug and alcohol addiction. In the past, the 47-year-old has claimed to have achieved sobriety. At his most recent media appearance, though, he told a different story.
“I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle,” said Tyson. “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.”
According to Tyson, another relapse could be his last. He expressed concern for his life when talking about his addiction.
“I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven,” Tyson said. “So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic.”
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Below is the video of Tyson’s confession. It contains foul language.