Mike Tyson continues to be one of the most fascinating athletes in the whole world, way more interesting than he was in his prime.
Just in the last few months, as he continued to spoof his own image, he told the world of his dangerous and very-recently dealt with addiction to drugs. Now, Tyson has written a searing account for New York magazine (it’s actually an adaptation of his forthcoming biography, which now I really want to read) about his life growing up in Brooklyn, all the time he spent in jail and youth detention facilities, and how boxing saved his life.
It’s honest, it’s painful, and it explains a lot about how Tyson became the monster he was in the ring during the 1980s and early 1990s.
It’s exceedingly rare anyone, let alone a famous athlete, completely exposes themselves like this in print. Andre Agassi did it in his incredible autobiography “Open,” but it’s rare.
I learned a lot about Tyson from reading this. If you have a few minutes, definitely worth your time.
**I’m a little biased about sharing this video, since as you know I’m a huge fan of the Duke men’s basketball team (can’t wait for the season to start). But I think even if you hate all things Coach K and spit at the ground just hearing the name “Laettner” you still might be able to appreciate this video.
Some current Duke players went to the cancer ward of Duke Children’s Health Center and lip-synched the classic Bill Withers song “Lean on Me.”
**Finally today, I really enjoyed this story on NPR from last week. Remember 15 years ago, when dozens of states settled their major lawsuits against the tobacco companies for, well, poisoning millions of lungs, marketing that poison to children, and then pretty much lying about their product for decades?
Yeah, me too. The tobacco companies had to pony up a whopping $246 million to states over 25 years, and since we’re now well into that period, NPR took a look at where all the money has gone.
As you might expect, some states have used the settlement money for what it was intended for; anti-smoking support groups, PSA’s, and other tobacco-related matters.
But other states… well, let’s just say they’ve taken the money and ran. I think this is an important story that has been overlooked for too long, and I’m glad NPR went and researched this.