If you remember John Home at all, ifs no doubt from his meltdown in the moments after last June's Mike Tyson- Evander Holyfield fight. Then one of Iron Mike's two managers—installed by promoter Don King—the slender, natty Home worked himself into a lather while discussing Tyson's disqualification. With tears in his eyes, he defended Tyson and accused Holy-field of "jumping around like a little bitch" after suffering a "nip" in his ear.
Now Horne, who, like King, has been canned by Tyson, hopes to make a more genial impression. A onetime comedian, he's the star (and, not incidentally, producer) of Unconditional Love, a romantic thriller currently in production for Silent Touch Pictures.
Home, who is in a court battle with Tyson over contractual matters, says he has mellowed since the Holyfield fiasco. As some snippets from a recent conversation suggest, however, Home doesn't exactly hold back when asked about last June's bout and its principals.
?"What I said was the truth. Evander was jumping around like a bitch. That's exactly what he did."
?" Mike Tyson could never appreciate what we were trying to do. Mike Tyson is a convicted rapist, a felon, and we made him the biggest deal in boxing. If he lives for a long time, maybe he'll understand what an achievement that was."
?"You can work your ass off for Mike, but you can't make him listen when all he tells you is 'F—-you!' Mike had five fully furnished mansions. Mike, do you really need another house? 'F—-you! F—-you! F—-you!' Mike, do you really need another car? 'F—-you! F—-you!' All you can do is try and help. He did what he wanted to do with his money."
?" Don King is a great man. When you hear people ripping him, they've never had lunch with him. Don King respects my ability, and I respect him."