Mike Tyson on Eating Pet Birds, Re-gifting Wedding Presents, and Why Cannoli Suck

| April 22, 2013

Mike Tyson has some very definite ideas about what he will and will not sup or sip. 

In a breakfast interview with Versus Network’s Tea With Tyson, the boxer exclaimed that “chamomile’s cool,” but he did not care for the other selection on hand saying flatly that “Earl Grey sucks.”

And when the host, Reese Waters, offered Tyson a plate of cannoli (the plural of canollo is cannoli) the boxer recoiled: “I hate cannolis…they’re too sweet…they’re like a curse to me…they’re horrible.” The interviewer persisted that Tyson should reexamine his relationship with the Italian treats but the boxer would have none of it and responded speaking in third-person that he knows “the relationship Mike Tyson has with cannolis — we have a relationship. it’s not as if I saw them and I judged them. I had experiences with them, I had engagements with them and it didn’t turn out very nice.”

In a complete non sequitor, when asked about re-gifting a wedding present such as a toaster, Tyson clearly looked down his nose at the idea but recommended taking it “to the pawn shop” as a perfectly acceptable idea. Miss Manners would be proud.

But nothing gets Tyson going like his love of pigeons and pigeon racing. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight he lit up discussing the avian sport saying he was “deeply and emotionally” attached to the birds and had been since he was nine years old. When asked to defend pigeon racing to people who were unaware of it, the boxer said it was “like racism.”

In an interview with CBS’s local affiliate show, Boomer & Carton in June 2012, Tyson called his affinity with pigeons “instinctive,” adding that “it’s a relationship that men and pigeons had before Christ. And I don’t understand it either, but it happens.”

On Thursday, Tyson returned to Boomer & Carton, and was asked he’d ever actually eaten one of his prized pets.

“There were no chickens back then (in the distant past)…You didn’t have no fried chicken back then,” he said.

“I tried [eating a pigeon]. I was dating this young lady and she said, ‘I don’t know why you’re flying those damn birds; you should be eating them.’ … She happened to grab one and — and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn’t do it.”

“It just wasn’t the right thing to do,” he told the show’s co-hosts. “That’s why she’s not my woman anymore.”

It’s refreshing to know that some people still have standards in life. And, by God, refraining from eating family pets just happens to be one of the many golden threads in the patchwork quilt that makes up Tyson’s moral mantle. And, of course, not eating cannoli simply because they fucking suck.

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