Eyebrows in some circles were raised, to the ceiling, when word dropped that Mike Tyson, the 49 year old former baddest man on the planet who has engineered a remarkable third act, as an actor on stage and screen, was publicly supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The “strange bedfellows” pairing, which drew buzz back in October 2015 and again in late April, made more sense when you dug down, and heard Tyson explain that Trump had been knee deep in his business when the Donald’s casinos were more so flourishing, while Tyson’s fighting fortunes were also enjoying a heady buzz.
Trump bid about $11 million to stage the Tyson versus Michael Spinks June 1990 tango at the Atlantic City Convention Hall, located next to the Trump Plaza.
On Tuesday, we heard that Tyson is in the mix to appear in support of the NY-based builder who confounded pundit planet, and beat down a slate of challengers who all assumed that his brash manner and politically incorrect mutterings would disqualify him from being the GOP helmer to oppose Hillary Clinton. The Hall of Fame former fighter would take the stage at the Republican National Convention, set to unfold in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena from July 18-21, stories said.
Items referring to Tyson’s presence didn’t contain confirmation from the Brooklyn born talent, though. So I reached out to a Team Tyson spokesperson. “He is traveling for his one-man show to South America and then filming a movie,” came the reply, with the implication being that sandwiching an RNC touch-down amid that schedule would be QUITE hard a task to complete.
So, stranger things have happened than Iron Mike stumping for The Donald–do you recall Clint Eastwood debating an empty chair at the 2012 convention?–but it looks like Tyson’s calendar might be too full to allow an appearance on this RNC card.