Mike Tyson was all set to do a one-off performance of his one man show down in New Zealand.
That is, until they reconsidered granting him a visa.
He was going to put on the show for a charity but that charity withdrew their support of him, so the country reconsidered extending him the visa.
A statement from the New Zealand government said:
"A letter of support from the Life Education Trust, that would have been a benefactor from the visit, was a significant factor in approving the application. Yesterday evening the Life Education Trust contacted my office and asked for that letter to be withdrawn, making it clear that the Trust no longer wants to have any involvement with Mr Tyson's visit."
The thing is, New Zealand won't let anyone in who served five years or more in jail.
Tyson served three years of a six year sentence for rape.
Tyson's face tattoo was inspired by the country's native Maori people, so he was very excited to meet them.
The promotor for Tyson's NZ show said:
"He's a vegan, he's sober, he's a great role model about how man can turn his life around and I'm sure there's worse people walking the streets in New Zealand today than Mike Tyson will be in the 20 hours he is here, hopefully, with his wife, his children."
Sounds like New Zealand is overreacting.
Do they think he's going to go crazy and start punching every Kiwi in sight?
Give him the visa!
[Image via Mavrix Online.]
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