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1. A creature that typically is large, ugly and frightening; 2. An inhumanely cruel or wicked person; 3. A person, typically a child, who is rude or badly behaved. Those are three definitions of the same word – monster.
There is likely no other sports figure in recent history that has so thoroughly and consistently been labeled a monster than Michael Gerard Tyson.In the past, the media rarely talked about Mike Tyson in terms of “who” he was. Was he conceived in a petri dish, a test tube or hatched? Who were his parents? These never seemed germane to any reports about Mike.
Lorna Mae Tyson gave birth to the youngest of her three children, Michael, on June 30, 1966 in Brooklyn, N.Y. His father Purcell Tyson, a man of Jamaican descent, was never in his son’s life. So Mike was pretty much on his own. He was a little kid with a lisp, a squeaky voice and a particular love for pigeons. Ironically, his peaceful, passive, passion for pigeons pushed him into pugilistic pursuits. A bigger, older kid once ripped the head off one of Mike’s pigeons. Mike attacked. This began a life of brutal, rage-fueled beatings that would become his lifestyle.
The streets raised Mike Tyson; home training didn’t really exist. By the time he was 13 he’d been arrested 38 times. His momma died when he was 16 and he dropped out of high school. He became the ward of boxing manager and trainer Cus D’Amato, who became his legal guardian.
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