During an interview with Opie Radio on SiriusXM on Wednesday, boxing legend Mike Tyson revealed a horrific story about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
Tyson said during the interview that when he was just 7 years old, he was sexually abused by a stranger after being snatched on the streets of Brooklyn, New York City.
“He snatched me off the street, I was a little kid…[he was an] old man,” Tyson explained.
The former heavyweight boxing champion went on to describe the incident, saying, “[He] bullied me, sexually abused me and stuff. It was one time, one time. I never seen him again.”
Tyson told the radio hosts that he had just been walking along the street when the man grabbed him.
The radio hosts were visibly shocked by Tyson’s confession and asked if he ever told anybody about the incident. Tyson explained, “It’s nobody’s business to know,” adding, “Entertainers have egos to buffer their flaws, their demons. Everybody else is afraid of your ego, but you’re afraid of the demon.”
Luckily, he managed to escape the horrific incident, but he chose to never speak of the abuse to anyone, not even the police.
“I just went on with my life,” Tyson confessed.
When asked if the event ever changed who he was and left him with emotional scars, Tyson revealed that he’s not sure.
“I don’t know if it did or not. I don’t always remember, but maybe I do, but I don’t. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed by it,” he said.