Tyson Draws Attention In Indy

Posted: July 01, 1997

Mike Tyson's behavior in a Las Vegas boxing ring will bring him under tighter scrutiny from Indiana probation officials.

Tyson's latest controversy came in Saturday night's heavyweight championship bout against Evander Holyfield. In the third round, Tyson bit off a piece of the champion's ear, earning a disqualification.

Questions immediately arose about whether the biting - and Tyson's involvement in the ensuing melee in the ring - would affect his probation in Indiana.

Just last month, an Indiana judge modified the terms of Tyson's probation, allowing him to travel more freely.

``At least for the time being, I'll be in a little more frequent contact with him . . . Mike still has some learning to do about how to control his anger,'' said George Walker, Marion County's chief probation officer.

Tyson was released from an Indiana prison in 1995 after serving three years of a six-year sentence for raping beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room in 1991.

Walker said it's unlikely his office would move to revoke Tyson's probation unless he is charged with a crime in Nevada.

``If there is an allegation of a new offense, as in an official charge, then we would investigate that matter and take appropriate action,'' Walker said.

Among other things, the current terms of Tyson's probation require him to check in by telephone with Walker once a month. Terms of Tyson's probation again could be changed with the latest controversy, Walker said.

``We'll be looking into his counseling requirement, ensuring that he's getting the appropriate counseling, given this new incident,'' he said. ``And I think we'll be taking a closer look at his probation, making sure that we have appropriate sanctions and an appropriate level of supervision.''

ROONEY: TYSON FINISHED Boxing trainer Kevin Rooney, fired by Mike Tyson in 1988, said he believes the fighter's career is ``about over now,'' because of the latest controversy.

``Mike Tyson has been free-falling ever since he got rid of me,'' Rooney said from his home in Catskill, N.Y. ``And now he's crash landed.''

Rooney sued Tyson after he was fired, claiming that the fighter breached a contract. He won a $4.4 million judgment, then a judge threw out the jury's verdict and overturned the award.

Rooney said Tyson should be suspended for at least six months to a year, and fined 10 percent of the purse, or $3 million, the maximum allowed under Nevada law.

``I think he should retire because he acts like he doesn't want to fight anymore,'' Rooney said.

PATAKI: Seeks review

New York Gov. George Pataki wants the state's boxing authorities to review Mike Tyson's ``appalling'' behavior in his bout with Evander Holyfield to determine if he should box again in the state.

Athletic Commission spokeswoman Gwenn Lee said Pataki ``has directed the Athletic Commission to look into whether we can impose a lifetime ban'' on Tyson.

``We are still reviewing that,'' she said.

The chairman of the commission, one-time heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, condemned Tyson's actions as ``despicable.''

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