Mike Tyson Ethical Dilemmas

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A public error causes for a public apology. In athletics, ethical errors are made and must be apologized for as shown by Mike Tyson. On June 28th in 1997, Mike Tyson bit two chunks of Evander Holyfield’s ears off in a title boxing match in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (Weinberg). Tyson publicly apologized two days later in a news conference and on October 16th in 2009 in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and Evander Holyfield (Fonzy Foo, Oprah.com). On the June 30th 1997 news conference, Mike Tyson read off of a paper. Tyson thanked everybody for the opportunity to apologize and said that the event was the worst in his professional boxing career. Tyson said that he snapped and had never done anything like this before and would never do it again. Tyson apologized to his family; to the regulators of the fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission; to his rape case judge, Patricia Gifford; the place the fight occurred, MGM; the channel that broadcasted the fight, Showtime; his promoter, Don King; his boxing team; and the city of Las Vegas. Tyson explained that when Evander Holyfield head-butted him, he thought that he might lose the fight due to the severity of the cut above his eye, so he snapped. Fistfights in basketball, riots in baseball, and spitting on officials were some examples Tyson listed of athletes losing it. Tyson explained that these athletes were forgiven and…show more content…
Tyson stated that his apology was insincere and would like to sincerely apologize to Evander Holyfield in person (Public Apology Central). Four days later, Tyson and Winfrey had another interview with Holyfield joining after Holyfield reached out to them both. Tyson said that Holyfield is a beautiful person, they both come from rough neighborhoods, and that Holyfield is an established and esteemed fighter. Tyson then shook Holyfield’s hand and said that it was good being acquainted with Holyfield

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