Mike Tyson joins the long list of people who want President Trump to do him a favor.
The former heavyweight boxing champion joked that he wishes Trump could pardon him for his 1992 rape conviction, for which Tyson served three years in prison.
The exchange occurred while Tyson was speaking at a prisoner re-entry conference in Jersey City, New Jersey. Tyson appeared at the conference to discuss his struggles with drug addiction and reintegration into society after jail.
Former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey asked Tyson if he had anything to say to current Gov. Chris Christie, a longtime friend of President Trump.
A smiling Tyson quipped: “Man, governor, I wish you could talk to Donald Trump, because I haven’t talked to him in many years. Tell him he said he was going to give me my pardon, so I am waiting for my pardon. He said it out of his mouth, so I’m waiting.”
Gov. Christie burst out laughing and replied, “I will put it on my list for the next phone call, Mike.”
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Tyson was apparently referring to a hot mic audio recording from 1992, in which Trump called Tyson’s controversial conviction a “travesty” and said he didn’t deserve to go to jail.
While mainstream media is trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, Tyson’s rep clarified that the boxer was joking. “When I was on the phone with Mike, he said he meant it in a joking way,” Tyson’s rep Joann Mignano told NJ.com.
When Mike Tyson was the heavyweight champion of the world in the 1980s, he briefly partnered with Donald Trump, who had wanted him to fight at his Atlantic City casinos. When Trump ran for president in 2016, Tyson supported him, and dismissed media propaganda that Trump is racist:
“Listen, I’m a black motherf**ker from the poorest town in the country. I’ve been through a lot in life. And I know him. When I see him, he shakes my hand and respects my family.
None of them — Barack, whoever — nobody else does that. So I’m voting for [Trump]. If I can get 20,000 people or more to vote for him, I’m gonna do it.”
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