Mike Tyson’s Prison-Mate Wrote Letters Impersonating Him To Get Cash and Jewelry From Fans

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Mike Tyson’s jail tales by no means get previous. The former heavyweight champ has dozens of tales about his experiences whereas locked up, which embody one way or the other getting a lady pregnant.

And whereas the being pregnant story could sound loopy sufficient, Tyson has had many extra insane experiences whereas in jail. Apparently, a fellow inmate started impersonating him to gather cash from Tyson’s followers, which landed the inmate in some severe bother. 

Mike Tyson has had an eventful life

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 16: US boxer Mike Tyson reacts to promoter Don King’ | AFP/AFP by way of Getty Images)

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Tyson will at all times be greatest recognized for his performances within the ring, however he additionally had a fame for his wild private life. He was probably the most profitable boxers of all time, and earned round $400 million from his matches, based on Forbes. In his prime, Tyson was incomes a lot cash from his matches and endorsements that he purchased extravagant gadgets reminiscent of pigeons, tigers, $7 million diamond necklaces, and luxurious vehicles. 

The extra profitable Tyson turned, the extra issues in his private life turned public. He was concerned in a excessive profile marriage with Robin Givens, and their divorce led to intense media scrutiny. Throughout the course of his profession, he paid over $eight million in settlements to quite a few followers for punching them out on the road. 

Eventually, Tyson’s reckless way of life and outrageous spending caught up with him. By the top of his profession, he had run out of money and filed for chapter in 2003. At the time of his submitting, he owed $60 million in money owed however one way or the other managed to show issues round. 

Tyson went to jail for sexual assault

Tyson went to jail in 1992 after being convicted of raping a younger lady a yr prior. He was sentenced to 6 years however ended up serving solely three. Although many would contemplate jail the worst level of their life, Tyson loved his time locked away. He beforehand revealed that he had a number of girlfriends whereas in jail and had even gotten a lady pregnant. 

A prisoner wrote letters to Tyson’s followers, asking for cash and jewellery

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While in jail, Tyson stored himself busy by studying his fan mail. He acquired dozens of letters every day, with many coming from girls. One of his feminine followers started writing him, and Tyson allowed certainly one of his fellow inmates to write down her again, asking for cash. Over time, he and the inmate had a number of girls sending money to the jail.

“He eventually told me, ‘Mike ask every one of these women for 20 bucks,’” Tyson recalled on an episode of his Hotboxin’ podcast. “I started getting scared because I said ‘they’re gonna set me up,’ I sad ‘they’re setting me up’… This is some forgery because it’s got to become too much money.”

Tyson backed out of writing any extra letters, however the inmate continued to write down a lady pretending to be Tyson. She despatched chains and watches believing Tyson was receiving them, however the inmate was racking up as a substitute. Finally, at some point she visited the jail in an try to see Tyson, and the inmate tried to get Tyson to speak to her for him.

“I had no idea it was going down, but the guy had to go see her. He said ‘Mike, can you go to the visiting room and see this lady, take a visit for me?’ I said ‘No, I can’t do that.’ He eventually got in trouble … He got shipped out to another prison because of that.”

Tyson couldn’t consider how egocentric the inmate was. Luckily, Tyson by no means bought in bother for the incident and was launched from jail in 1995.

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