Boxing legend Mike Tyson continued to speak out against Hulu’s decision to move forward with a documentary series about his life in a Twitter post on Saturday.
Tyson released a statement to ETs philiana ng on Thursday after the series’ executive producer, Steven Rogers, said the boxer could not be involved in the project due to rights issues:
“[That’s] an outright lie. My option for life rights expired years ago. Neither Hulu nor any of their haughty team have ever attempted to negotiate with this black man. In their eyes I’m still just an n—-r on the auction block, ready to be sold for their profit with no regard for my value or my family.
“They say this story is an exploration of a black man. It’s more of an exploitation of a black man. Hulu thinks covering their tracks by hiring black sacrificial lambs to play the part as frontmen for their back door robbery is terrible. I will always remember this blatant disregard for my dignity.”
Hulu announced in June that it would release the series, titled “MIKE”, starring Trevante Rhodes as Tyson on August 25. It said the eight-part show “explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life — from a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again.”
Rogers and fellow executive producer Karin Gist said they wanted to tell Tyson’s story from a wide variety of perspectives, per ET.
“For me, as a writer, as a storyteller, I don’t really like depending on just one source,” Rogers said. “I really like doing the research and getting all those different opinions and then making a story around that. I don’t like being tied down to just one person.”
Gist added: “We really wanted to make sure we were as broad as possible in the investigation and dramatization of the events of his life and we were able to make sure we opened the doors for other conversations that could be had about those things.” .”
In March 2021, a separate biopic titled “Tyson” starring Jamie Foxx as a limited TV series was also pitched to networks. Tyson was slated to serve as executive director for that project, according to Deadline’s Peter White.
Meanwhile, Rhodes told Rick Porter of the Hollywood Reporter that he saw Tyson as someone who “represented specific black men who give us insight into the black male experience, and even more specifically the special black male experience.”
“It’s my time—not as Trevante, but as this rerun of a black man,” he said.
Tyson was one of the most dominant heavyweight champions in boxing history, earning him a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
His life outside the ring will certainly be the focus of the documentary. Most notably, Tyson was sentenced to 10 years in prison for rape in 1992. Four years of the sentence was suspended by the judge and he was released after serving three of the remaining six years.