Mike Tyson has lived a packed and polarizing life, from the youngest heavyweight champion to a rape conviction, three marriages, seven children and now movie stardom. But he's about to do something for the very first time that many Americans take for granted, which has him very excited.
"I think about what's gonna be the great moment of my time now. I've never been able to vote and I'm a felon. My wife told me I'm able to vote and that's awesome for me," Tyson told the Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.
You read that right, Iron Mike Tyson at age 45, is about to vote for the first time.
Indiana is indeed one of 13 states along with Washington D.C. that allow people with felony convictions to vote upon release from prison. Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Utah are the other states, according to ProCon.org.
Tyson is galvanized by his new found political power.
"Yeah, I've never voted in my life," Tyson announced. "Being a Southerner I realized before that at one time that privilege was taken away from you. That's just what I hope. I hope my children, especially my son, are able to vote."
Obviously everyone wants to know, is Tyson going to endorse another term for President Barack Obama or his GOP challenger Mitt Romney?
"I gotta figure that out, because I don't think I'm a Democrat. I don't know if i'm a Republican," Tyson disclosed to 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia. "I don't know what I am, you know what I mean? But I want to vote."
Tyson seemed to lean toward supporting Obama, however he really sounds more like a voter advocate.
"I want to say I voted for a black president and he did the right thing. But if you're the black president or white president, this is what I've known all my life, even if he's a Republican, Independent, or Democrat, it's always me that always survives," Tyson declared.
Iron Mike has your back.
"I have to look at life from a broader prospective, more than just myself…and I have to make sure thousands and thousands, or millions and millions of people say the same thing, regardless of who's the president 'I survived,'" Tyson said.
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