Mike Tyson's reason for going vegan: Prostitutes?
June 19th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Mike Tyson's reason for going vegan: Prostitutes?

This may be the best reason we've heard to go vegan yet.

Mike Tyson told "Today" host Ann Curry Tuesday morning that he adopted the vegan lifestyle to help usher in change - and not just change in what  was on his dinner plate.

While much of America was enjoying a first cup of coffee, the former heavyweight champion - who was on the program with director Spike Lee to plug his new one-man show on Broadway - took them down a winding road lined with hookers and regret as he explained what changed him.

"I just threw up the white flag,” he said. “Too many prison cells, jail, too many lawsuits, too many bankruptcies, too many women, too many venereal diseases, too many everything. I got tired."

And then there was this apparent tipping point: "I really got tired of um, every time my prostitute girlfriend came back from a trip I had to sleep with her, so I said you know, I’m going to live a different life."

But Tyson wasn't done yet. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry! I was a prostitute hunter,” he added.

It's only then that Curry says, “OK, I’m going to stop you there,” which was probably a good idea. If you want to hear more frank reflection from the boxer, you'll find it in his one-man production, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," which will take over New York's Longacre Theatre from July 31 to August 5.

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  1. www.gabyhandyman.co.uk

    t3chsupport,Very nice your comment! Mike is a master of boxing, and you are a master of words! Very qualitatively how you thought!

    October 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    if people were crazy................mike tyson would be china

    July 17, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. q-and-a

    The vegan diet may taste better than ear meat

    July 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    I guess the only ear hes gonna take a bite out of is an ear of corn

    July 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brad

    Indeed. Dating a prost1tute is sort of like eating meat. Eventually you get tired of chewing on gristle.

    July 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Meh

    Directed by Spike Lee – figures....

    July 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Love Rhino

    lol – banging an off duty prot1tute must be fun just after she gets home

    July 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Duke Nukem

    Talk about a dangerous primate

    July 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Soda Popinski

    007 373 5963

    July 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fatima

    i freaking love mike tyson. i cant b the only one to recognize that he is an actual, literal, post modern genius. he is my soulmate.email me, u raging bull, brahma bull, bullet proof, proof of the truth, soothsayer, roof avian lover. my mikey.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alan Mitchell

    Mike is retarded and anyone who supports him is the same league.

    July 9, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. zandria

    Does everyone forget this guy is a convicted rapist?

    July 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RonnieLott

    Congratulations Mike,
    It takes a lot of guts to get up on stage by yourself.
    Good luck with your show.

    July 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. t3chsupport

    The guy has come a long way. Yeah, so he bit a guy's ear off. A piece of it anyway. You're the ones wanting to see them fight anyway, is that kind of blood not what you want? Biting someone's ear off isn't much more barbaric than punching them until their eyes swell so bad they can't see. You go to the circus to see the lions jump around, but you become outraged when they attack the ringmaster, or find out how they were trained, but it's all fun and games as long as the barbarism is something you've been taught to accept.

    In any case, that was a long time ago, and he's certainly become a more interesting character since then, and a lot of people have looked into his life. He was bullied as a child for his lisp and high voice, and his first fight was apparently with a bully who had pulled the head off of one of his pet pigeons. He's someone who has expressed regret and guilt for the crap he pulled as a kid. He has messed up, but there's a gentle soul in there. Depending on your childhood, it can take someone a longer time than others to learn what it means to grow up. Maybe he's found that now. I don't like boxing, and I've never been a big fan of Tyson or anything, but I'm interested in seeing his show.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gous

    A wild chimpanzee is way more civilized than this ear eating cannibal.

    July 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • fatima

      hurray 4 u. you soulless merciless vainglorious selfrighteous nitwit. who will be ringside and center stage when it is YOUR turn to b judged? a little understanding goes a looong way. learn this.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jlv

    Good Luck with the comedy mike. I saw you on comedy central during a roast. And your jokes pack a punch.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Elizabeth

    Vegan 23 years here but I rarely mention it to anyone. Once you upgrade to a non violent animal free mouth fulls it really opens your eyes into other parts of yourself where change is needed. The benefits abound. Far, far too big a deal is fed to the public about eating vegan and unfortunately has had a negative effect .People who beleive the negative hype(paid for usually by the meat industry..are frankly being maniipulated and cheated from a fun and self empowering change up.
    Be free and the animals will love you for it!

    June 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wrenn_NYC


      3.2% of the US is vegetarian. of that .05 are vegans.

      If you really think that there is an active and pervasive campaign by the meat industry aimed at you, you really have a persecution complex. As a segment of population, you aren't worth the money. There are enough non-vegetarians. Really.

      Years ago, there were people who thought that "peta.org" (People for Eating Tasty Animals) was a 'front paid for by the meat industry. It was ONE GUY. It was A JOKE. The hate mail he received was scary. (Yes, he's a friend. He was one of the people who started the first major internet services provider, way back when.)

      July 6, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike K.

      No offense, but no-one cares. Your smug, sanctimonious BS is just as bad as the Christians'.

      July 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • shraeve

      Good for you, Elizabeth. I have been a vegan for 30 years and have never regretted it.

      July 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      While I support you 100% for choosing to be a vegan, I cannot agree with you that the animals will love you for making such a choice. Animals (with the possible exception of dolphins and whales) do not know what is about to happen to them. Even human beings cannot usually comprehend their own immanent death. At the end of WWII when asked "how didn't you know?" many holocaust survivors describe that they only realized that being chosen to go to the showers directly from the train meant death, after they had entered the camp. So I doubt that the fish, cows, pigs, sheep and of course the most popular fowl of all, the chicken, have any idea that a) they only exist because we decided to create and feed them, and b) that those few happy (?) weeks are at an end, let alone "love" us for it

      July 14, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      I really do not understand how vegetarians and vegans can tout their lifestyle over eating meat as eating meat is perfectly natural. Predators have been around for a long, long time.

      What I find humorous is that many of these vegan/vegetarians promoting a vegetable-only lifestyle own cats.

      Cats must eat meat as they have too short of a digestive tract to be vegetarian. Owning them, taking care of them and promulgating them incurs more animal killing to support them.

      Not that there is anything wrong with that- it is perfectly natural.

      July 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SMF

      Bull! If you don't eat them, they will eat you. They aren't going to love you. We are omnivores, we are meant to eat meat and vegetable matter, not just one or the other.

      July 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Also, more people go vegan every day.
      There are alot of propoganda within the meat industry (happy cows for example?). The movement is growing whether you accept it or not and it is
      starting to make people nervous.

      July 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Suresh Ramasubramanian

    Given his habit of eating ears, his turning vegan is bad news for anyone surnamed "curry"

    June 21, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  19. Pat

    Poor old Mike Tyson has no idea what Vegan means. Stop eating ears, that will be a good start.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  20. Central Scrutinizer

    Mike gave up tuna tacos after he ran into another man's "secret sauce".

    June 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |

    Speak English for God's sake!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Mary

    Love you Mike

    June 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Central Scrutinizer

    good one! LOL

    June 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sebastian2

    Guess he decided that ears don't taste so good after all....

    June 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Central Scrutinizer

    that's the only way ol' "earbitin' Mike" could get a girl to sleep with him. and she came home to give him sloppy seconds!

    June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. duh

    ann curry seems like a major stick up the rear straightlaced type, can't imagine her on tv with the ludicrous one

    June 19, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |

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