Mike Tyson expresses regret for owning tigers: 'I was foolish'

Mike Tyson expresses regret for owning tigers: 'I was foolish'

Former world champion Mike Tyson regrets his ‘foolish’ decision to own tigers as pets with the former ‘tiger king’ admitting: ‘they’ll kill you by accident’.

Mike Tyson expresses regret for owning tigers: 'I was foolish'

The 53 years old ex-heavyweight fighter told American rapper Fat Joe that owning the pet cats was naive because of how dangerous they were.

As the two discussed the new Netflix documentary ‘Tiger King’, Mike Tyson said on Instagram live: “I was foolish. There’s no way you can domesticate these cats 100 percent.

Mike Tyson expresses regret for owning tigers: 'I was foolish'

“There’s no way that’s going to happen. They’ll kill you by accident, especially when you’re playing rough with them, you’re punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you’re dead. I’m just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong s***. I shouldn’t have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong.”

Speaking further on the Instagram Live, Tyson said:

Mike Tyson tells the story of how he got his pet tigers and the time one of them attacked a trespasser…

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“Somebody jumped over my fence where the tiger was and started playing with the tiger. The tiger didn’t know the lady so it was a bad accident. She jumped into the property where the tiger was. They tried to [sue] until they found out she jumped over the fence and she trespassed with the tiger. When I saw what the tiger did to her hand, I had a lot of money back then, so I gave her $250,000 (£200,000) whatever it was because she was just f***** up.”

Mike Tyson disclosed that he decided to buy the pet Tigers after a conversation with a car dealer during his three-year prison sentence, for sexual assault conviction in 1992. He exchanged some of his cars to get the pets.