Mike Tyson's life has always been an open book. Now, the inner workings of his mind are, too.
An evaluation of Tyson by a team of psychiatrists last week could be made public as early as Friday, following a judge's ruling that blocked efforts by the former heavyweight champion to keep them confidential.District Judge Gene Porter reluctantly ruled late Thursday that the reports from a five-day series of psychological reports done on Tyson must be made public if Tyson wants to pursue his return to the ring in Nevada.
"I'd like to help you," Porter told Tyson's attorney, Jim Jimmerson. "I feel sorry for the man, but I can't help you."
Porter ruled at a hastily called hearing that there was no state statute that would force the Nevada Athletic Commission to keep private reports done on Tyson last week by a team of psychiatrists at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The reports were done at the request of the commission, which said it had to know more about Tyson's state of mind before deciding whether to license him at a hearing tentatively set for Oct. 19.
"What good is it to embarrass Mr. Tyson?" Jimmerson asked in arguing that the reports be kept confidential.
Jimmerson said he expected to get the reports from the doctors Thursday night or Friday and would forward them to the commission. At that point, the commission would make them available to the media under the state's open records law.
Much of the contents of the reports probably would have come into the open when Dr. Ronald Schouten appears at the commission hearing to answer questions about the tests he and other psychiatrists performed on Tyson in Boston.
But now they will be released in advance of the hearing and possibly provide more detail into the state of the 32-year-old former heavyweight champion's mind.
Schouten indicated in a letter to the commission last week that the reports would answer questions raised by the commission but would not go into great detail on Tyson's state of mind.
Still, Jimmerson said their early release "taints the opportunity for a fair hearing on this."
Jimmerson said none of the members of Tyson's advisory team have seen the report but that he expected it to be a mixed view of the former champion.
"I have no reason to believe the reports will be adverse," he said. "But I'm sure there will be some unflattering things that come out. We hope it is looked on upon balance by the commission."
Jimmerson filed a lawsuit Thursday to keep the records confidential, and a hearing was quickly scheduled before Porter.
Deputy Attorney General Donald Haight, representing the commission, said it plans to release the documents because it doesn't want to expose members of the commission to possible criminal charges for violating state record laws. Haight, though, said he was also sympathetic to Tyson's plight.
"The commission is on the horns of a dilemma," Haight said.
The suit was the latest twist in Tyson's increasingly complex battle to regain the boxing license stripped from him for biting Evander Holyfield's ears.
In addition to the tests, Tyson is expected to be grilled over an Aug. 31 traffic accident in Maryland in which two men claim he assaulted them.
"We're planning to go forward to trial," the prosecutor said.