As odd as it seems on the surface, Mike Tyson and Donald Trump have been bedfellows for nearly three decades. In 1988, Trump and Tyson’s paths crossed after Tyson’s fight against Michael Spinks in Atlantic City, New Jersey next to the Trump Plaza casino.
On this date, just two weeks after Tyson thumped Spinks, Trump became a “business adviser” to Tyson and claimed that any money that he would make from being the adviser would go to charities that were allegedly fighting “AIDS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and helping the homeless,” according to Trump.
Turns out, Trump never “officially” got the money from Tyson, but there is no way to track whether money exchanged handed under the table or not.
After Tyson abruptly retired from boxing after a 50-6 record with 44 KOs, he wound up suing his old manager Bill Clayton. It is believed that Trump weaseled his way in after help pushing out Clayton in order to get closer to Tyson…and his $300 million fortune. If there’s one thing Trump likes, it’s making money, even at the possible exploitation of others.
While the statement won’t go down as “demands,” Trump sent a letter to Tyson explaining why he should pay him $2 million.
“As you are aware, I was very happy to beat Bill Cayton and reduce the ridiculous fees he was getting from you both on his management and personal service contracts. Not only was this time-consuming, but tremendous energies and knowledge were displayed—much as you display your energy and knowledge in the ring against an opponent. Over the course of your career, I have probably saved you substantially in excess of $50,000,000 and therefore, the $2 million contribution, all of which will go to worthy charities, is very reasonable.”
Judging from Trump’s track record of dirtbag behavior, it is highly unlikely that he “saved” Iron Mike money out of the kindness of his heart.
Even after all of that, Tyson, who converted to Islam, still came out in support of Trump during his presidential campaign, despite Islamophobic stances by Trump and his campaign. Tyson’s support is baffling, especially considering the he admittedly hadn’t talked to Trump in “many years.”
Perhaps the ultimate odd couple, aren’t that different after all. Go figure.