The woman who raised Mike Tyson through his teens called it "some sort of soap opera." Her foster son did not try to kill himself. He couldn't do such a thing.
Tyson's manager, Bill Cayton, called the idea "outrageous," and said the story was "a pack of falsehoods and untruths - despicable lies."Again, Cayton was portrayed as a villain, the heavy, with one hand over his heart, the other in Mike Tyson's pocket.
Enter Donald Trump, who helped Tyson in his lawsuit against Cayton, Trump's public relations man, Howard Rubenstein, lawyers Peter Parcher and Steven Hayes, the heavyweight champion's actress-bride since February, Robin Givens, and her mother, Ruth Roper.
"White knights," Cayton said. "They've known him for a few months and, out of the clear blue, suddenly they're the people with the knowledge of Tyson's problems. I've been working with Mike, solving his problems since he was 14 . . . and now Bill Cayton, who has protected and taken care of Mike for eight years, is worried only about making money on Mike.
"It's deplorable. Not true."
This, the latest chapter in the soap opera of Mike Tyson, began on Sunday. Tyson, 22, was staying in his room at Camille Ewald's house in Catskill, N.Y., where he had lived since he was 13 - seven years before he became heavyweight champion of the world.Comment on this story
On a cool, rainy evening, he got into his silver BMW, which was parked on the grass in front of Ewald's house, and drove it into a tree, knocking himself unconscious for a half hour and forcing a second postponement of his title defense against Frank Bruno.
Though doctors say he is now OK, Tyson can't train for at least a month, delaying the scheduled Oct. 8 fight in London until December.
Then, on Wednesday, the New York Daily News quoted unnamed sources close to Tyson as saying he had told Givens, who was in New York at the time, that he was going to commit suicide by smashing his car.
"It's not true," Ewald said. "Mike spent the whole week here in my house training. He was not depressed."