Tyson Tests To Be Released Publicly

Posted: October 02, 1998

A psychiatrist's evaluation of Mike Tyson's mental state could be made public as early as today, despite efforts by attorneys for the former heavyweight champion to keep them confidential.

A judge reluctantly ruled late yesterday in Las Vegas that the reports from a five-day series of psychological reports done on Tyson must be made public if Tyson wants to pursue his return to the ring in Nevada.

``I'd like to help you,'' District Judge Gene Porter told Tyson's attorney, Jim Jimmerson. ``I feel sorry for the man, but I can't help you.''

Porter ruled at a hastily called hearing that there was no state statute that would force the Nevada Athletic Commission to keep private the reports done last week by a team of psychiatrists at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The reports were done at the request of the commission, which said it had to know more about Tyson's state of mind before deciding whether to license him at a hearing tentatively set for Oct. 19.

Jimmerson filed a lawsuit yesterday morning seeking the records be kept confidential, and a hearing was quickly scheduled before Porter.

Deputy Attorney General Donald Haight, representing the commission, said it planned to release the documents because it didn't want to expose members of the commission to possible criminal charges for violating state record laws.

The suit was the latest twist in Tyson's increasingly complex battle to regain the boxing license stripped from him for biting Evander Holyfield's ears.

Tyson is tentatively scheduled to go back before the commission Oct. 19 in yet another bid to be allowed to return to the sport he once dominated. That date could be changed, though, if the commission doesn't get the reports soon.

The former heavyweight champion was ordered by the commission following a marathon hearing Sept. 19 to undergo psychological testing before they would decide whether to license him.

In a related development, Playboy released an excerpt of an interview in which Tyson is quoted as saying he was so angry at Holyfield during the controversial fight that he could have killed him.

``I snapped. I was an undisciplined soldier. I wanted to hurt him. I never thought about what I was doing,'' Tyson said in the November issue. ``I wanted to kill him, bite him. I was just enraged and angry.''

He said his anger stemmed from an earlier bout when ``he was butting me with his head. I was hurt in the first and second rounds. No one believed me until they saw the film . . . George Foreman said Holyfield is the dirtiest fighter he's ever seen.''

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