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

Mike Tyson Visits Toronto Mayor Rob Ford 0:52

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