Mike Tyson: When boxing legend taunted entire Brazilian nation by appearing for hearing in Argentina shirt

Mike Tyson: When boxing legend taunted entire Brazilian nation by appearing for hearing in Argentina shirt

Rene Otinga
August 9, 2022 at 4:22 PM
  • Mike Tyson is known to be a king in making headlines for explosive reasons
  • In the early 2000s, the boxer left fans stunned after appearing to blatantly taunt Brazilian nationals
  • He was set for a court hearing in Brazil, and decided to make an appearance in an Argentina shirt
  • Brazil, a footballing nation, consider Argentina their arch rivals in the sport

Mike Tyson once proved that he had little regard of what critics thought of him as he appeared for a court hearing in a Diego Maradona shirt.

This might not sound like a huge deal, but if you factor in the fact that the court hearing was in Brazil, it puts things to perspective.

The heavyweight boxer was initially accused of assaulting a cameraman identified as Carlos Eduardo da Silva at a nightclub in Sao Paolo in 2005.

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Mike Tyson and the late Diego Maradona attending the screening of US director Steven Soderbergh's film 'Che' at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 21, 2008. Photo by VALERY HACHE.
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He was effectively summoned in court, and he decided it would be a good idea to wind up the Brazilian nationals but appearing in an Argentina national team shirt.

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The shirt bore the name of the great Diego Maradona in the back, further agitating the Brazilians who spotted him in it.

According to US Times, Tyson was accused by some Brazilian nationals of making obscene gestures towards he camera at the time.

Notably, the shirt he came in was autographed after a meeting with Maradona months earlier.

The incident came just five months after his retirement match against Danny McBride.

Tyson has undergone a noticeable change since his fighting days, after overcoming substance abuse and depression.

Mike Tyson’s worrying update on his future

Recently, the boxing legend gave fans a grim prelude about his future as he hinted he was close to passing away.

While speaking on his Hotboxin' podcast, the former heavyweight boxing champion said he had started to notice small changes in his body which rang alarm bells.

“We’re all gonna die one day of course,” Tyson told his guest of the day who happened to be therapist Sean McFarland, who specializes in trauma and addiction
“Then, when I look in the mirror, I see those little spots on my face, I say, ‘Wow. That means my expiration date is coming close, really soon.”

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