4/19/2013, 6 a.m.
A more balanced approach to his experiences that showcased his personal growth would have been a welcomed addition, and more accurate portrayal of Tyson’s truth.
But even in the monologues lopsided with humor at Tyson’s expense, audience members were exposed to his dedication to upholding the legacy of his mentor and father figure Cus D’Amato, and honoring his family (and the memory of his mother, sister and daughter, Exodus) via smarter choices in his post-boxing life.
Today, after a history of violence, cocaine use, diagnosis of bipolar disorder, time served in jail for rape, eight children, three wives and bankruptcy, and having virtually none of the more than $300 million made over his career, Tyson appears to be a man at peace.
“I'm very grateful to have a wife who cares about me. I don't deserve my wife,” he said. I'm at a place in my life where I am committed. She goes everywhere I go.”
After the play’s run, Tyson said he’d like to release his still unnamed memoir, which he’s writing in his spare time and expects to release this fall. He also looks forward to working on more plays and said he'd like to do some “period” pieces about the black condition in America.
Not a bad encore for a man who knows triumph and tragedy better than most; and who knows from experience what it takes to get to the top – and stay there.