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Reporter Nathan Downer Was ‘Deeply Hurt’ When Mike Tyson Cursed Him On Television For Referring To Tyson As A Convicted Rapist

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CP24 news anchor Nathan Downer asked Tyson about his meeting with Toronto’s scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford, who recently returned to work after a rehab stint. Ford is seeking re-election.

Downer asked: “Some of your critics would say, ‘There’s a race for mayor. We know you’re a convicted rapist. This could hurt his campaign.’ How would respond to that?”

Tyson calls Downer negative before saying, “It’s so interesting, you come off like a nice guy,” then insulting the anchor with a string of profanity.

Downer then puts up his hands and says, “Hey, come on. We’re doing live TV now.”
Tyson responds: “I don’t care. What are you going to do about it?”

Downer then asks Tyson about his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” Tyson appeared on CP24 with the Canadian promoter of the show.

Tyson tells Downer the show “speaks for itself” before the promoter talks about it.
Downer then asks Tyson if it is more nerve-wracking appearing on stage than boxing.
Tyson responds that it’s more nerve-wracking appearing on the news show before insulting him again.

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“Come on, Mike,” Downer responds.

Tyson insults him again before Downer wraps up the interview and thanks Tyson for coming, as Tyson swears at him.

In a tweet after the incident, Downer said it was unfortunate that his question hurt Tyson’s feelings and that that wasn’t his intention.
“I’m okay everybody,” Downer tweeted.

Downer apologized for the language and followed that up with another tweet.
“No ill will toward Mike Tyson. He lashed out at me and that’s okay. Not taking it personally.”

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