Tyson tells all in new book

RON TARVER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Gov. Corbett is hurried into a car while surrounded by supporters and protesters yesterday after an appearance at Loudenslager American Legion Post 366 in Fox Chase. See Philly Clout, Page 14.
RON TARVER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Gov. Corbett is hurried into a car while surrounded by supporters and protesters yesterday after an appearance at Loudenslager American Legion Post 366 in Fox Chase. See Philly Clout, Page 14.
Posted: November 08, 2013

MIKE TYSON bares his soul in his autobiography, "Undisputed Truth," that will be released Tuesday. It's not pretty.

The former heavyweight champion is desperate to put his demons to rest, but the book needed an extra epilogue written just before printing to talk about him falling off the sobriety wagon once again.

"Sometimes I just fantasize about blowing somebody's brains out so I can go to prison for the rest of my life," he writes. "Working on this book makes me think that my whole life has been a joke."

Though he has reinvented himself in recent years as a family man, he says he lives daily with the dark past of a junkie who loved to snort cocaine and drink and was constantly preoccupied with finding women to bed.

The sex is detailed in almost clinical terms, and the many women in Tyson's life flow in and out of the pages like they did in his life. One big exception is Desiree Washington, whom Tyson was convicted of raping in Indianapolis - a charge he heatedly denies - and spent 3 years in prison.

Even in prison he got his fill, he says, first with visitors and then with a prison drug counselor who suddenly became available after Tyson had $10,000 sent to her home to fix her roof.

Baseball

* The Yankees will make alternative plans for third base if Alex Rodriguez' grievance hearing isn't decided soon, manager Joe Girardi said.

* At expected, the Chicago Cubs hired San Diego bench coach Rick Renteria as their manager and signed him to a 3-year deal with club options for 2017 and '18.

* Texas Rangers lefthander Martin Perez agreed to a 4-year, $12.5 million contract.

Philly File

* Temple's baseball team will play all but one of its home games in the American Athletic Conference at Campbell's Field, home of the Camden Riversharks.

Sport Stops

* Texas named alum Steve Patterson as its athletic director. Patterson, the Arizona State AD, has served as an executive with the NBA's Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, and the NFL's Houston Texans.

Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals semifinals, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro in London.

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