Mike Tyson Loves Rob Ford, Curses Out Reporter

Former boxing champ calls TV journo 'piece of s---' when questioned on rape conviction
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2014 10:58 AM CDT
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, center, shakes hands with former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson at City Hall in Toronto on Sept. 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

(Newser) – Just one day after a meeting in which Mike Tyson gushed that Rob Ford was "the best mayor in Toronto’s history," according to the Toronto Star, the former boxing champ took a different attitude with a Canadian TV anchor who asked a touchy question, the AP reports. CP24's Nathan Downer asked Tyson about his meeting with Ford before dropping his Q-bomb: "Some of your critics would say, 'There's a race for mayor. We know you're a convicted rapist. This could hurt his campaign.' How would [you] respond to that?'" Tyson's retort, notes the Star: "It's so interesting that you come across as a nice guy, but you're really a piece of s---." Downer later tweeted, "I'm OK everybody. [Unfortunately] my question hurt Mike Tyson's feelings. That was not my [intention]." (Read more Mike Tyson stories.)

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