Tyson reapplies for visa
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 5:52a.m.
By RadioLIVE / 3 News online staff
Mike Tyson is taking another shot at coming to New Zealand, filing a second visa application.
The former world boxing champion and convicted rapist had been booked to give a motivational speech in Auckland next month, but he had his special visitor's visa cancelled last week after the Life Education Trust said its letter of support was sent in error.
Tyson's promoter Max Markson is hopeful that, with the new backing of the Urban Maori Authority (UMA), the Immigration Minister may change her mind:
"I'm hopeful that the minister will reconsider again, and hopefully welcome Mike Tyson to New Zealand. He'll be a great cultural and social and charitable addition to the community for those 20 hours he's in the country."
As part of his new application, Tyson has agreed to visit troubled youth in South Auckland.
“He has been down a troubled path,” UMA leader Willie Jackson said last week. “If he can inspire and support some of the things we're involved with, that would be great.”
Associate Minister of Immigration Kate Wilkinson had said that if another organisation came forward to partner with Tyson she would consider the application again, taking into consideration the type of charity, and the benefit to them.
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10/10/2012 4:14:20 p.m.
John -September 2011 to April 2012 Tyson gave an interview in which he made comments about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin that included crude and violent descriptions of interracial sex. Journalist Greta van Susteren criticized Tyson and the Daily Caller over the comments, which she described as "smut" and "violence against women" Tyson gave an interview in which he made comments about the Trayvon Martin case, telling Yahoo News that "It's a disgrace George Zimmerman hasn't been dragged out of his house and tied to a car and taken away. That's the only kind of retribution that people like that understand. It's a disgrace that man hasn't been shot yet. Forget about him being arrested—the fact that he hasn't been shot yet is a disgrace. That's how I feel personally about it. A changed man - give him a break. Suppose we give "changed men" pedophiles a break. You happy about Mike Tyson living next door. If so we know where to send our "changed" sex offenders now.
10/10/2012 8:48:12 a.m.
Mike Tyson is a changed man!!! give him a break!
10/10/2012 7:02:17 a.m.
Rapist, cocaine user, drunk driving, driving while under the influence of drugs, assault, reputation as the meanest man on the planet. What a role model. Deny!
10/10/2012 6:52:07 a.m.
Alan Weaver wrote:
You break the rules for one you must break them for all otherwise this is biased, Don't let him in and show the world kiwi's stand there ground.
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