Mike Tyson was sexually abused as a child.
According to Time Magazine, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world recently opened up about being sexually abused by an unknown assailant at the young age of seven.
Speaking to Opie Radio on SiriusXM, Tyson talked at length about different personal topics, and casually slipped in that a man “bullied me, sexually abused me and stuff … snatched me off the street. I was a little kid. Never seen him again.”
Opie and Jim Norton, realizing that Tyson had just made a first-time revelation, started asking questions about the incident. Tyson explained that an older man snatched him up off the street and proceeded to molest him.
Luckily, Tyson was able to escape from his abductor and ran home. He said he never told anyone, not even the police, because it wasn’t any of their business. He didn’t want anyone to know and just continued on as if nothing had happened. “I just lived my life,” he said.
“I don’t always remember, maybe I do but I don’t. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed from that perspective,’’ Tyson told the radio show hosts when asked if the incident changed him as a person.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 1, 2014
Tyson made history in 1986 when he became the youngest boxer, at the age of 20, to hold a world heavyweight title. Since then he has gone on to other endeavors including acting.