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Any child of the ’80s will tell you this, Mike Tyson is the definitive athlete of that era. Nobody hit harder, rose to fame quicker and fell from grace as shockingly as “Iron” Mike did. There will always be older uncles and friends in my family who’ll mention Tyson fights with the brevity of taking a sip from a drink. PPVs were high dollar and felt like good money spent even though you knew Tyson was going to floor his next victim … err opponent in a matter of minutes. It was brutality in a beautiful sense — and it’s led to some of the more infamous stories from those who were around during it.

The Notorious B.I.G. famously rapped on “Victory” that on any given occasion he could perform like the holy trinity of Mikes (Jackson, Tyson, Jordan). Well, what if Biggie were to know that Tyson almost put hands on Jordan over his ex-wife Robin Givens?

As the story goes in noted Tyson friend and confidant Rory Holloway’s new book, “Taming The Beast: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson” Mike was going through it following his separation and divorce from Givens. Levels of hurt and frustration that could only be felt by somebody in love who didn’t take too kindly to people ripping away from him once he made them close. One particular night, Tyson found himself in the same restaurant as ’80s Chicago royalty. There was Jordan, Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, star Bears defensive lineman Richard Dent and of course Tyson’s promoter and the original impetus for a “Come To Death Row” speech in Don King. Tyson had been drinking, upset over the divorce but also knew that before he & Givens had become an item and subsequently husband and wife, Jordan to quote Willie Norwood, “hit it first”.

“Mike Tyson’s sitting there with his drink of choice, a Long Island Tea, and when he drinks his real feelings come out …,” Holloway writes.

“I’m telling the server to water his drinks down ‘cause I see where this is going. Mike stares across the table at Michael Jordan. He says, ‘Hey man, you think I’m stupid? I know you f*cked with my b*tch.’

“Jordan looks like he just seen a ghost. ‘I know you messed with her,’ Mike says. ‘You can tell me.’

Let that sink in for a second. Michael Jordan, a man who barely feared the Detroit Pistons and Dennis Rodman whenever they played in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, was getting pestered over Robin Givens by Mike Tyson. If that were to happen in modern times, TMZ would have sold the footage, ESPN would have had 24-hour coverage of it and barbershops across the country would literally be non-stop gossip communes wondering what would have happened if Tyson put hands on Jordan. Pretty sure Jordan wouldn’t have hopped on Vine and show the world he didn’t get two black eyes and say, “Where they at doe?”

The story continues because Tyson, drunk, is on a roll now.

“Jordan, it’s obvious he just wants to get up and run. He wants no part of this. Mike turns to Ditka. ‘Man, you think somebody scared of you, all that racist sh*t you been talking?’ He says to Dent, ‘Y’all scared of this damn white man, Richard? He ain’t nobody. You gonna let him talk that way?’

“It was a circus, for real, that night. Don King trying to change the subject. Me and John trying to hold Mike down. Mike telling everyone he’s going to bust Jordan’s ass. Jordan’s dressed sharp as always and he can’t get out of there fast enough.”

Given how Mike Ditka has proven to be rather out of touch with the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” protest in St. Louis, Tyson probably had it right forecasting Ditka’s ways from jump. It’s not the only hilarious Tyson story Holloway shared. There’s another where during a party hosted by Russell Simmons, Mike met supermodel Naomi Campbell during the absolute peak of her powers. In true Tyson fashion, it ended in a rather quick fashion for the champ.

“I was there to keep Mike out of trouble, doing my usual babysitting job, and when I looked over, he was talking to this girl,” Holloway writes.

“I had to rub my eyes. I mean, the most exciting thing at that time was Naomi Campbell. She was wild and vivacious, with these legs that went on for days.

“I’m stuck holding their drinks ‘cause Mike says he gotta use the restroom. Next thing I know, Naomi’s following him in there. Holy s–t. Guests are walking up. ‘Bathroom’s taken,’ I’m telling them.

“Minutes go by and it’s getting uncomfortable. I finally crack open the door, ‘C’mon Mike.’ I see Naomi. She’s up on the toilet, heels and long legs spread, skirt hiked up, and Mike’s pumping away.”

Just let it be known, Mike Tyson’s celebrity has plenty of stories like these, many of which I’m sure he’ll vouch and laugh about to this day. He’ll also admit there were plenty of drugs involved but knocking down Naomi Campbell in a bathroom and also trying to shoot the fair one with Michael Jordan over his ex-wife may be things you’d can only believe if Tyson did it. For more from Holloway’s book, check out his official site here.

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