- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 31, 2003

Where are those Women in Support of Tyson now? You know, the enlightened feminists who testified last March at a D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission hearing in favor of Mike Tyson being licensed to fight in the District.

I wonder what WIST thinks now about its hero after his latest comments on his rape victim, Desiree Washington, to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel’s “The Pulse,” Thursday night.

“She put me in that state where … I really wish I did [rape her] now,” Tyson said. “I really do want to rape her and her bleeping mama.”

Those are words that would make a WIST member proud, I guess.

I tried to contact the supposed spokeswoman for this outfit, Leisa Butler, who testified at the hearing that “not every woman feels it is insulting or appalling for Mike Tyson to fight in Washington,” but she couldn’t be reached. I guess she must have been planning the latest WIST rally for Tyson. I’m sure the members of the boxing commission who deemed Tyson worthy of fighting in the city will be there. A few comments about wanting to rape someone won’t change their minds about Tyson, I’m sure.

Here’s the way it is right now: If you are connected with this walking legacy of shame in any way, shape or form, that shame is covering you as well. It is rock bottom now, and if you make money off Tyson, or try to make money off Tyson, or just simply show your support for him as part of the “another victim of the system” mentality, then you are slithering in the same pit as this bully, who, by the time he finishes boxing, may have to resort to fighting women to find someone he could beat. WIST, the D.C. Boxing Commission, Showtime, anyone and everyone who does business with this man will now never be able to wash the shame away, no matter how many showers they take.

Jimmy Kimmel? He had Tyson as co-host of his late night disaster recently. In other words, the co-host of a network talk show was someone who has served time for rape and has now stated he would rape his victim if he had the chance, and her mother as well. There’s a place for you, Jimmy, and for all others who chose to ignore the evil that Tyson represents. It has graduated to that level now. It is no longer just pathetic. Tyson, in his victim mode, has always cried out that people act as if he is some kind of monster. I guess it has now become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If Tyson is angry at someone for spending three years in an Indiana state prison on his rape conviction in connection with whatever happened between him and Desiree Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room in July 1991, he should direct it at those responsible for his defense in his trial on those charges.

Tyson didn’t hardly get any O.J. defense in that Indianapolis courtroom in 1992. It wasn’t a dream team there sitting beside him, although, on paper, prominent Washington lawyer Vincent Fuller from the legendary firm of Williams and Connolly might have looked good. But he turned out be a disaster for Tyson, ill-equipped to defend a sex crimes case or to operate within the county court system in Marion County. His courtroom style put off jurors, and his strategy of painting his client to be such a sleazeball that Washington should have known what she was getting into when she went to his hotel room that night failed miserably.

Did Tyson hire Fuller to represent him? No. Who did? Don King, Tyson’s promoter. Fuller was King’s attorney when the promoter beat an income tax evasion rap in 1984, so he had him represent Tyson, which one could argue was the decision that ultimately landed Tyson in prison. The fighter might have been much better served had the case been handled by James Voyles, the local defense attorney who was part of the Tyson team and who played second fiddle to Fuller during the trial.

And remarkably, as Tyson was fantasizing about raping Desiree Washington, he is being courted again by King, even though he has a $100million lawsuit pending against the promoter.

Let’s hope Tyson does go back with King. By the time the promoter is through with him this time, there won’t be anything left.

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