Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is having a moment.
There’s his new memoir – Undisputed Truth – co-authored with Larry Sloman.
And HBO’s Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.
And Fox Sports’ Being: Mike Tyson.
And, especially, yesterday’s op-ed in the New York Times.
Even though I possessed incredible discipline when it came to boxing, I didn’t have the tools to stop my slide into addiction. When I got a chance to get high — boom, I’d get high. I wouldn’t call my sponsor, wouldn’t call my therapist, wouldn’t call my sober companions.
No, in order to kick it, I had to replace the cravings for drugs or alcohol with a craving to be a better person.
And then there’s this: “Of course, I needed a developed conscience to back it up. Over the years, my conscience has saved me from descending into a life of total, selfish hedonistic abuse.”
And Tyson goes on from there to chronicle the struggle between his hedonistic excesses and his determination “to live a better life for the sake of my family,” including his 2009 vow “to get sober after the accidental death of my 4-year-old girl, Exodus.”
But nowhere in the op-ed does Tyson’s developed conscience express any remorse for his 1992 rape of 18-year-old college student Desiree Washington (reported here in, yes, the Times).
If I’m the editorial page editor of the Times (that would be Andrew Rosenthal), I’d make damn sure Tyson included that among his mea culpas.
But then I’m not, am I?