OH to be a fly on the wall at this dinner party.
The night an angry young heavyweight boxing champion by the name of Mike Tyson sat down to eat with basketball superstar Michael Jordan.
Tyson’s long-time friend and manager Rory Holloway recalls the dinner in his new book ‘Taming the beast: The untold story of Mike Tyson’.
He was present at the Chicago restaurant along with Tyson, Jordan, Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, star defensive end Richard Dent, and boxing promoter Don King.
It happened sometime after Tyson had divorced his first wife, actor Robin Givens, and he was taking the separation hard.
What made the situation explosive was Jordan had dated Givens before she met Tyson.
“Mike Tyson’s sitting there with his drink of choice, a Long Island Tea, and when he drinks his real feelings come out …” Holloway writes.
“I’m telling the server to water his drinks down ‘cause I see where this is going. Mike stares across the table at Michael Jordan. He says, ‘Hey man, you think I’m stupid? I know you f***ed with my b***h’.
“Jordan looks like he just seen a ghost. ‘I know you messed with her,’ Mike says. ‘You can tell me’.
“Jordan, it’s obvious he just wants to get up and run. He wants no part of this. Mike turns to Ditka. ‘Man, you think somebody scared of you, all that racist s**t you been talking?’. He says to Dent, ‘Y’all scared of this damn white man, Richard? He ain’t nobody. You gonna let him talk that way?’
“It was a circus, for real, that night. Don King trying to change the subject. Me and John trying to hold Mike down. Mike telling everyone he’s going to bust Jordan’s ass. Jordan’s dressed sharp as always and he can’t get out of there fast enough.”
One of the other women from Tyson’s youth was British model Naomi Campbell.
The pair met at a Russell Simmons party and as Holloway tells is, hit it off immediately.
“I was there to keep Mike out of trouble, doing my usual babysitting job, and when I looked over, he was talking to this girl,” Holloway writes.
“I had to rub my eyes. I mean, the most exciting thing at that time was Naomi Campbell. She was wild and vivacious, with these legs that went on for days.
“I’m stuck holding their drinks ‘cause Mike says he gotta use the restroom. Next thing I know, Naomi’s following him in there. Holy s**t. Guests are walking up. ‘Bathroom’s taken,’ I’m telling them.
“Minutes go by and it’s getting uncomfortable. I finally crack open the door, ‘C’mon Mike’. I see Naomi. She’s up on the toilet, heels and long legs spread, skirt hiked up, and Mike’s pumping away.”