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Tyson Loses Temper After Apology

July 29, 1998

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Boxer Mike Tyson lost his temper and swore during a hearing today before New Jersey regulators aimed at returning him to the ring after being banned for a year.

At the conclusion of his testimony, during which he choked back tears, Tyson refused to read a prepared statement: ``I don’t want to say it now, ’cause I’m angry.″

When his lawyer, Anthony Fusco Jr., tried to calm him, Tyson swore ``You know what I mean man, why do I got to go through this ... all the time.″

Tyson was choked up as he spoke of the incidents that led him to bite Evander Holyfield on both ears in their June 28, 1997 title bout, but as his testimony neared an end, he grew frustrated with the questioning by Assistant Attorney General Michael Haas.

After Tyson’s outburst, Fusco apologized to regulators, saying it evidenced Tyson’s frustration with his absence from boxing.

``You’re seeing a guy ripped apart,″ said Fusco.

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