Mike Tyson said there’s no way he would have left his his eight-year-old son with his late friend Michael Jackson, amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the singer’s legacy in the wake of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.  

‘Michael has a reputation of this,’ the boxing icon, 52, told Michael Rapaport, 48, on the I AM RAPAPORT podcast Tuesday. ‘I have an 8-year-old kid – I wouldn’t let Michael hang out with my kid; I wouldn’t let my kid go over Michael’s house – I love Michael. You know what I mean?’  

Tyson also turned the focal point to his own 1992 rape conviction, saying he understood and respected when people told this they wouldn’t let their daughter near him because of that.

‘It’s f***ed, but I understand that, cause I would think the same thing,’ Tyson said.

Tyson said that much of the blame has to be put on parents who took their children to Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

‘The parents have to be responsible for that s***,’ the former world heavyweight champion told Rapaport. ‘I just thought the fact that these kids, Michael is telling them, “If anyone knows about this, we’re both gonna go to prison forever” … it was just really horrible.’

For a guy who got hit in the head for a living, Mike is starting to make a whole lot of sense. 

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