The Time Mike Tyson Caught Wesley Snipes Messing With His Girl
Mike Tyson hasn’t been the “Baddest Man on the Planet” for quite some time now, and we got just got our biggest reminder of that fact this Thursday, when the former heavyweight champion turned 50.
Tyson reigned over boxing like few before him and since, with a presence that left most opponents terrified to enter the ring. His knockouts are some of the most devastating in the history of the sport, and some of the stories surrounding his time atop the boxing world are just as shocking / fun.
Let’s take revisit the story as told by Rudy Gonzalez, Mike Tyson’s former bodyguard, about the time Mike knocked Wesley Snipes (who happens to be a 5th degree black-belt with high ranks in Shotokan karate and extensive training in capoeira) out cold in a club. Apparently Snipes had been seeing Tyson’s girl, and things got heated when the boxing champ caught them red handed:
“One night after (Mike Tyson’s girlfriend) Hope had visited MT (Mike Tyson) in his LA apartment, he told me to follow her. She had left earlier than usual, telling him that she had to visit a friend. He wanted me to find out where she went, if she made any calls, if she talked to anybody, everything that she did after leaving him that night. So I grabbed the black Lamborghini Diablo and kept a safe distance … At Roscoes, a soulfood hangout in downtown LA, she parked, got out of the car and walked over to a black Lexus … her friend turned out to be actor Wesley Snipes.
“(Tyson) was paging me. I called him back to let him know the situation … Less than ten minutes later, he pulled up in a yellow Testarosa, accompanied by a new bodyguard Anthony Pitts. Anthony was a former professional football player, stood about 6’7, and weighed in around 250. Tyson jumped out of the Ferrari.
“…When Hope caught sight of him, she practically fell out of Snipes lap and onto the floor. The actor froze then waved a hand”‘Now, Mike, now, Mike, we can do this together. I dont want no problem.
“‘Let’s go into the bathroom!’ Tyson snapped.
“When I returned from the parking lot, I noticed Anthony was blocking the bathroom door. A couple minutes later we heard a big noise inside, and then Tyson emerged alone.
“After he was gone, I cracked open the bathroom door. Wesley Snipes was sitting against the far wall, head tilted to one side, unconscious (italics mine).
– The Inner Ring, by Rudy Gonzalez, p.58-9
It should be noted that Snipes refutes this version of events. Talking on the Howard Stern Show, Snipes claims that no such thing happened. Of course the denial of such a story needs to be met with healthy skepticism (as does the story itself), after all, Wesley Snipes’ martial arts prowess has arguably been the foundation of his action movie career.