‘I Didn’t Set a Good Example as a Black Man’: Mike Tyson Says His Kids Aren’t Attracted to Other Bla
Mike Tyson dropped by T.I.‘s podcast “ExpediTIously” this week and talked about several topics, including his children.
In one part of the discussion, the retired boxer said that his kids aren’t attracted to Black people, and it may be his fault. Tyson also said he’s completely baffled by the whole thing, but wanted to talk about it.
Mike Tyson said he’s baffled as to why his children aren’t attracted to other Black people. (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)
“You know what bothers me too, man? And I gotta say this: Why my kids don’t like black kids?” he said at around the 38:16 mark. “They don’t date black kids. Why is that?”
“Sometimes I look at my daughter, and I see that she’s attracted to white guys, and I say to myself, ‘I didn’t set a good example as a black man then.’”
“I don’t think that’s it,” T.I. replied.
“That’s just the way my mind goes,” Tyson continued. “They must have seen sometimes when I was vulnerable and said, ‘Hey, I don’t wanna be with no one like that. … He’s scary.’ I think it’s the aggressiveness, I think it’s confrontational stuff, they think.”
Tyson explained that it’s a problem that his son has too when it comes to being attracted to black women.
“I’m like, ‘What the f–k is wrong with you? You don’t like her?’” Tyson said he’ll ask his son. “And I don’t understand the concept. … Their vision, what they see. … That’s what confuses me with my kids.”
The 53-year-old has been married three times and reportedly has seven children. He married his third wife, Lakiha Spicer, in June 2009, and they have a daughter and son together.
Tyson also had a daughter who passed away in 2009 at age 4 after a tragic accident on a treadmill.