Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and boxing icon Mike Tyson (pictured) have just announced their upcoming cable series “Being.” It will feature the famed sports figure in an all-access way, pulling no punches when it comes to letting viewers see who the man behind the tribal facial tattoo really is. It will be shot documentary style. The Tyson segment will spearhead a slew of programs on the network. It is rumored to be an ESPN rival, according to Fox Sports.
Already being touted as a “not your typical 24-hour sports network,” the “Being” series, which is in production now, will spotlight Tyson as not only a boxing legend; it will show him as a family man, husband and dad who is trying to maintain the life that he has established in Nevada. The “Being” series comes on the heels of the autobiographical one-man Spike Lee-directed Broadway show that Tyson appeared in last year. The former heavyweight champ has also appeared in multiple movies and has done TV guest spots.
Mike Tyson has filed suit against concert promoter, Live Nation, alleging to have been the victim of embezzlement. The former boxing champion is seeking more than $5 million in damages. Tyson claims that Live Nation and its advertising company, SFX Financial Advisory Management Enterprises, embezzled upwards of $300,000, costing him millions in the end. Live Nation allegedly paid some of the money back to Tyson and his wife, but never gave the couple a full detail of how much they are owed, and tried to get them to sign a non-disclosure agreement. According to the suit, the alleged criminal acts of Live Nation and SFX forced Tyson to hire new advertisers, prevented him from taking on other lucrative contracts, and halted his climb out of bankruptcy. He is accusing that both companies “misappropriated said funds for the benefit and enrichment of SFX/Live Nation.” Live Nation denies being served with any legal paperwork, and would not comment on the case. In his prime, Tyson’s earned well over $250 million but years of frivolous spending and bad business deals devoured his fortune. Today he is worth a reported $1 million, and has found other ways to bring in money. Aside from appearing in the film The Hangover, the Brooklyn native premiered a one-man Broadway show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.
Mike Tyson will be testing off his acting skills in a forthcoming episode of Law & Order SVU. Tyson will play the role of a murderer. The former boxing champion has been cast as the character Reggie Rhodes, a murderer on death row who endured a “difficult childhood,” according to USA Today. Even with tons of movie and television appearances under his belt, the New York native doesn’t have very much character acting experience, as he usually plays himself. Among his most noted stops on the big screen was the first installment of The Hangover, but he further showed more of his funny side playing former presidential candidate Herman Cain in a Funny or Die skit, last year. Since blowing through his multi-million dollar fortune the 46-year-old has worked hard to rebuild his status with a bunch of projects, including a stint on Broadway. Last summer, Tyson debuted his one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, directed by Spike Lee. Upon its premiere the likes of 50 Cent, Kanye West, and veteran journalist Bryant Gumbel all came out to show their support. No word yet on when his SVU episode will air, but it should be interesting. via:hiphopwired