|Thursday, May 29
Updated: May 30, 12:33 PM ET
Tyson quotes run gamut from bizarre to more bizarre
"I want to rip out his heart and feed it to him (Lennox Lewis). I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children." -- Tyson after beating Lou Savarese in June, 2000.
"I'm on the Zoloft to keep me from killing y'all." Tyson to reporters during a news conference to promote his Oct. 20, 2000 fight against Andrew Golota in Auburn Hills, Mich.
"I'm not Mother Teresa. But I'm also not Charles Manson." -- Tyson to the Nevada Boxing Commission as he asked for his license back.
"I have no man to blame but myself. Other people contributed to it, but I have to carry the weight of a fool by myself." -- Tyson prior to 1999 fight with Ollin Norris, commenting on whether he should have been sent to jail for 3½-months for assaulting two motorists after a fender-bender.
"(He) called me a 'rapist' and a 'recluse'. I'm not a recluse." -- Tyson on a column by then-New York Post writer Wallace Matthews
"At times, I come across as crude or crass. That irritates you when I come across like a Neanderthal or a babbling idiot at times. But I like to be that person. I like to show you all that person because that's who you come to see." -- Tyson to reporters in Hawaii as he prepared for their first fight in 2002
"I offend people. I ask this lady (a CNN reporter) a lewd question because I'm in a lot of pain. I have some pain I'm gonna have for the rest of my life. So every now and then I kick your (expletive) ass and stomp on you and ... inflict some of the pain on you because you deserve to feel the pain that I feel. I wish that you guys had children so I could kick them in the (expletive) head or stomp on their testicles so you could feel my pain because that's the pain I have waking up every day." -- Tyson at the same Hawaii meeting with the media
"I'm the most irresponsible person in the world. The reason I'm like that is because, at 21, you all gave me $50 (million) or $100 million, and I didn't know what to do. I'm from the ghetto. I don't know how to act. One day I'm in a dope house robbing somebody. The next thing I know, 'You're the heavyweight champion of the world.' ... Who am I? What am I? I don't even know who I am. I'm just a dumb child. I'm being abused. I'm being robbed by lawyers. I think I have more money than I do. I'm just a dumb pugnacious fool. I'm just a fool who thinks I'm someone. And you tell me I should be responsible?" -- Tyson, again in Hawaii
"Anyone with a grain of sense would know that if I punched my wife I would rip her head off. It's all lies. I have never laid a finger on her." -- Tyson on allegations he hit his wife
"I felt Holyfield was using his head illegally. I told the referee I wasn't getting any help, so I went back to the streets. I cannot defend it, but it happened." -- Tyson commenting on why he bit the ear of Evander Holyfield during their 1998 title fight in Las Vegas.