In an interview on SiriusXM Opie’s Radio on Wednesday, former boxing champion Mike Tyson revealed he had been sexually abused as a child by a man who pulled him off the street. Tyson said he was seven years old when the abuse happened.
During the show, while discussing his childhood and what made him a successful boxer, Tyson comes out and says, “These guys bullied me and sexually abused me.” Jim Norton, the show’s co-host, then asks how old he was when he was sexually abused.
Via New York Daily News:
“I was a little kid, 7,” Tyson told co-host Jim Norton. “Old man, yea.”
“Was it one time or ongoing?” Norton asked.
“No, one time,” Tyson said. “Never seen him again….snatched me off the street.”
“He abused you and just let you go or did you escape?” Norton said.
“Well, I ran,” Tyson said.
While the rest of the men in the room appear uncomfortable with the information (Opie Hughes can be heard saying “Awwwwkward”), Tyson says that he is not embarrassed or ashamed by the experience. Tyson stepped out of the ring in 2005 and, according to a statement from his rep, he is “in a good place in his life with sobriety, family and career.”