I definitely have not an ounce of sympathy for T.O. so I agree with Mike Tyson’s assessment that he’s a grown foolish man. However considering Tyson is in the same camp of celebrities who squandered away millions being reckless he really has no room to talk—or justify his brokeness.
In an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic, host Mike Missanelli asked Tyson how much he knows about Terrell Owens and his money problems and he said this:
“I don’t know him. I know he can’t be broke because he’s a bad guy. He’s broke because he didn’t know what was going on. When people are going through hard times, it’s often called hitting a bottom. The day that Mike Tyson of all people can go on the radio and discuss how bad one has screwed up from a position of power, has to be the reddest of all red flags. It’s a commercial cliché but really T.O, is having the worst week…ever.”
It’s funny Tyson sort of cracked on himself in that last comment but then he went on to make it seem like he’s better than T.O. because he didn’t lose his money as quickly.
“Well, listen, I can only say about myself. It took a good 18, 20 years for me to go broke, but he got broke pretty quick. It happened quick! We saw him, heard about him signing this contract, but from what you told me, he busted his whole bill. That can happen man when you take liberties for granted.”
You don’t even have to hear the audio to decipher just how unsympathetic Tyson is to T.O.’s plight and he was clear that he thinks the public should have the same reaction:
“We should have no sympathy for him, he’s a grown man. We should be jealous and pissed off he has so much godd***ed fun. Shoot! That’s what we should be jealous about. Listen, this is one thing. When you’re living that life you think you’re a big boy — and this is one thing I learned when I was rolling like a big boy — I said ‘don’t worry about it, I can handle it, I’m a big boy.’ Big boys have big responsibilities and big circumstances.”
Can’t argue with that. I imagine T.O. might be looking for a mentor right now, maybe Tyson can help him out. Homeboy is having more than the worst week ever, it’s more like the worst year—or two.
What do you think about Tyson’s comments? Is he keeping it real or being too harsh?