Mike Tyson Comes to Rob Ford's Defense: 'We All Make Mistakes'

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

Boxing great Mike Tyson is coming to the defense of Toronto's scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford, saying "we all make mistakes."

In an exchange with reporters after meeting Ford, the former world heavyweight champion said Tuesday Ford "has a troubled past because he has 24-hour surveillance of the press."

Ford returned to work in June after a rehab stint for drug and alcohol abuse. The mayor became an international celebrity last year after he acknowledged using crack in a "drunken stupor" following months of denials. "It's not his fault, it's just that he is living his life and we are human beings — we have no idea what you do behind closed doors," Tyson said.

Ford said of he and Tyson: "We're cut from the same cloth; there's no nonsense," apparently referring to their personalities. Tyson is in Toronto for his one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth."


— The Associated Press