Mike Tyson from Australia, says crime victims,
by Peta Hellard and Ben Packham
(Credit: Herald Sun)
Tyson to play poker in Australia
* The former boxing champ has rape conviction
* Victims of crime say 'ban him'
A storm has erupted over plans by ex-heavyweight
boxing champ Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist, to
come to Melbourne to play poker.
victims have called for the ex-con, who once bit
a boxing opponent's ear off in the ring, to be
banned from entering Australia.
42 - who's playing poker with spin king Shane
Warne in Las Vegas this week - says he plans to
head to Melbourne in January for the $10 million
Aussie Millions Poker Championships.
said he'd finalised a deal with Crown casino that
would see him compete in the rich tournament.
love Australia, but I've never been before,"
he told the Herald Sun. "I really want to
come and see the country."
Crime Victims Support Association president Noel
McNamara said a visa should be refused.
has bitten off ears. He has done all sorts of
things," he said.
we sent someone over there with a record like
that he wouldn't get into the United States."
for Immigration Minister Chris Evans said it was
premature to speculate on whether Tyson would
get a visa: "The minister won't speculate
on a person's visa application."
would usually have to pass a character test to
could be difficult, considering he served three
years' jail for the rape of an 18-year-old beauty
he could appeal directly to the minister.
rapper Snoop Dogg was barred from Australia last
year by then immigration minister Kevin Andrews
after the "gangsta" rapper failed to
reveal a conviction for drugs and gun offences
for which he got five years' probation.
served three years of a six-year jail sentence
for the rape of Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree
Washington, in 1991. He also served 3 1/2 months
of a 12-month jail sentence in 1998 after bashing
a motorist in Maryland.
he served another day in jail and was put on three
years' probation last November for cocaine possession
and driving under the influence.
heavyweight champion for over two years before
losing to underdog Buster Douglas in 1990, Tyson
is also infamous for biting off part of opponent
Evander Holyfield's ear in 1997.
McNamara said: "To bring a bloke like that
out here . . . who is a rapist and not of good
character - it is absolutely outrageous."
said it was insulting that Tyson might profit
from the poker trip: "I am disgusted."
week, Tyson is joining Warne and 9000 of the world's
best poker players in a World Series of Poker
will be joined by boxer Jeff Fenech, who coached
Tyson in the latter stages of his career, in an
did not know of Warne - whom he met for the first
time last night through Fenech - but said he knew
know what cricket is-- you throw a ball and then
you hit it with a paddle," he said.
seen it on TV before."