Sunday, June 12, 2005Sunday Columns: Greg Couch
He tried to give us the old Tyson, the great fighter, one more time, but couldn't do it. He kept trying to reinvent himself, but he's permanently trapped in his persona now. He threw so much away, his talent, his fortune.
But the persona is all he has left to sell, and he'll fight until every last cent has been wrung from his credibility.
Tyson still filled the MCI Center with more than 15,000 fans. But as he sat there, people were yelling, women were crying.
"They mustn't be too sensitive,'' Tyson said. "I'm a cold and cruel and hard person. I've been abused any way I can be abused. I see people cry when I lose. Save your tears. I don't know how to handle that.''
Tyson's star status is something that's had me in awe. A few years ago I covered the Tyson-Clifford Etienne fight, his first fight after losing to Lennox Lewis, and I was amazed at how people flock to him. Men, women, children, ministers...He was larger than life even then.
Tyson's Circus Act Comes to Ugly End [Sun-Times]