- Last Updated: 12:31 PM, June 19, 2012
- Posted: 12:31 PM, June 19, 2012
Mike Tyson became a vegan -- because he got tired of sex with prostitutes.
The troubled boxing champ-turned-unlike-stage sensation went off on a nonsensical rant about his sex life this morning when asked why he turned to a vegan diet.
“I just threw up the white flag,” Tyson told NBC’s “Today” before he went off the food-and-sex rails, “too many prison cells, too many jails, too many lawsuits, too many bankruptcies, too many women, too many venereal diseases, too many everything!”
He elaborated: “I got tired … of every time my prostitute girl got back from a trip I had to sleep with her. I’m going to live a different life.”
A laughing, apologetic Tyson admitted he was a frequent client of the world’s oldest profession.
“I’m sorry , I’m sorry,” he chuckled. “I was a prostitute hunter.”
Tyson, with the help of movie maven Spike Lee, is doing a weeklong run of “Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth” on Broadway, between July 31 and Aug. 5 at the Longacre Theater.
The one-man show follows Tyson’s remarkably successful run in Las Vegas, mesmerizing audiences with his raw, profane and entertainingly offensive introspection.
Tyson said he and his wife were inspired to produce a one-man show, after driving along Interstate 15 in Las Vegas and seeing a billboard for Chazz Palminteri “A Bronx Tale.”
“Hun, I can do this,” Tyson said recalled telling his wife.
“What Mike’s going to do ... [is] the same courage he displayed in the ring,” Lee said.
“When you bear your soul, it’s captivating.”