Instead, Tyson will keep going on this promotional circuit. At least for now. He does need to pay his bills, and he wants to "be a good provider" for his wife and children. But the refurbished pop culture icon? Make no mistake: "I'm a f------ clown," Tyson says. "I'm a joke. My life is empty being that guy. I want to count for something. Not in the name of God or any religion, but in the name of just self-dignity. I just want to do nice things so my kids can respect me."
So it is that after The View appearance, alone with a visitor in a room at ABC's studio, he will speak for 20 minutes about his dream to be a missionary to a Third World country, to help those less fortunate. "I want to live in a hut in Burma," Tyson says, and his voice sounds like a child's again, rising on the last syllable. "I do. I would go tomorrow."
Once again, Mike Tyson doesn't seem to be joking. But right before the curtain can rise on another, even more startling act, the father remembers to pump his brakes. He exhales. He speaks of the new him, and his marriage to Kiki, and giggling Milan. He reminds himself of the past still receding, further away with each new second, further away than the Baddest Man on the Planet had ever bothered to imagine.