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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 09:09 GMT 10:09 UK
Should Mike Tyson be allowed to fight in Glasgow?
Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson's promoters are considering bringing the controversial figure's next fight to Glasgow.Disclaimer: The BBC will put up as many of your comments as possible but we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. The BBC reserves the right to edit comments that are published.
When Tyson, who has a conviction for rape, fought in Manchester in January, it provoked equal measures of anger and delight.
UK immigration laws state that anyone who has served a jail sentence of over a year will be refused entry to the country unless there are exceptional circumstances.
I expect if this was a normal person that hasn't got the amount of money Mike has would get refused entry, this goes to show that money can buy you anything. He should be refused entry. Laws are there to protect us lets uphold them.
Mike should be given a chance to box. as a boxer he was,is and everwill be the best.give him recognition, he will reform, after all he is a human being.
Let the guy fight. Why should we still hate the guy. He is a human. Bill Clinton did something wrong, and was accepted. Why should Mike be treated differently. We should learn to forgive and forget. No one says he was right for raping, but lets give him a chance. please forgive and forget
Mike Tyson should go to Scotland and he should stay there!!!! Maybe you don't have enough rapists or earbiters there. Shame on those who put profit before human decency.
Ernest J. Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada
He should never, never, ever, be allowed to fight again in any ring, any where in the world. The man [and I use the word loosely] is nothing but a animal. Sorry I am wrong, an animal wouldn't behave like him.
This isn't a matter of social, moral or political correctness. It's a matter of sport and the sportsman being able to pursue his career! It's a sad day for common sense when silly groups who usually believe that we should not cast the first stones - perhaps punch the first punch in this case -are always the first to do so.
Hamilton Arrey, Ayuk, US
I think it's really sad that anyone would want to watch boxing regardless of who was in the ring. As for Mike Tyson. What can I say ?
People do make mistakes, and if he did make one, we should not try to ruin his life for it. He deserves a break and another chance, so let's give him that.
This only goes to prove that even the United Kingdom bows to the US dollar. I guess the UK thinks rapist are evil, unless they can generate income into the local economy. We're stuck with him over here. Your actions are inexcusable.
He shouldn't have been allowed in the country in the first instance. The laws are there for a reason and I don't see why just because the guy has a lot of money they shouldn't apply to him. While I'm in the US I have to abide by immigration laws here. Why doesn't he have to abide by the immigration laws of the UK?
Since they let Mike Tyson in last January, as an economic immigrant from Equatorial Guinea, seeking a better life in the UK, can I get in as well? Who should I talk to to obtain a visa. Jack Straw?
Britain is an advanced society and respectable one too. I am an African living in North America. The USA justice system is the one that convicted Mike Tyson. The Americans never convicted him. He is still loved by people. It is sad to say that in the USA
there are double standards in their justice system. . . British people
should not followed the Americans in condemning Mike Tyson, they should give the guy a fair
Yes, I think he should. He's obviously still got something to prove.
He should not be allowed into Scotland. I am Scottish born and if it were me coming to the USA I would not be allowed into the States so why is he so different, laws are laws for everybody.
I wonder why is BBC asking this question again. He was let in, and rightfully so, last time.
Also using the expression "convicted rapist" is somewhat dubious itself as we all know that the rape as such is sometimes a "twilight" case and that the US judicial system with all the so called amendments is so construed that it allows often quilty go free and innocent being executed. To those who say Tyson has 'served his time' in my view the time wasn't long enough - he should still be in prison. Therefore one should not cite US court decisions as final truth of a person or his crime. Beyond any doubt Mike Tyson is a horrible person but also a show star and what is also certain is that when visiting another country he certainly does not pose a danger to its citizens or females.
Tom Carroll, Scotland
To those who say Tyson has 'served his time' in my view the time wasn't long enough - he should still be in prison. Yet again in recent days he has allegedly shown he has no ability to control his temper. Any other person in modern society would have the book thrown at them when they transgress society's standards as often as this man. What happened to the US rules of '3 strikes and your out'? Quite simple really - money talks, and this is a classic case of too many greedy people making too much money out of this disturbed man to allow the normal rules to be applied to him. The 'sport' of boxing continues to scale new heights of cynicism in the
pursuit of 'cheap thrills' and filthy lucre.
I wonder how many people who are now freely in the UK and who also do not qualify for being there. Just because Tyson was a naughty boy (but served his sentence) critics blow up this
issue. Last time he was allowed, so there is no genuine reason at all to refuse him this time. Let's stop making elephants out of mosquitos and pick on issues that really matter. Have we nothing better to do?
Your Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair is responsible for many deaths in Iraq by his cruel sanctions and he is your leader, what's wrong with Mike Tyson?
If Tyson fights in Glasgow I'm there, because we never get a chance to go to the other side of the Atlantic for other fights and bringing it closer to home would enable a larger variety of audience to watch. I think he represents heavyweight boxing as a living legend.
Mike Tyson may be a great boxer, he may be a showman, but he is a convicted rapist and as a Scot I do not want my country to be associated in any way with such a man.
Let Tyson fight for God's sake. Its not like he's coming to reside there!
Let him come. Hampden really needs some revenue as our national stadium is plunging into debt.
He should be allowed to fight, whereever he chooses to fight, because that's his job.
John B, UK
I like Mike Tyson very much. He is a good boxer. Please let him fight in Glasgow.
Bring Tyson back. I think Tyson has to be allowed back into the country because he generates mega-money whereever he fights.
Tyson should fight in Scotland. He did the crime and did the time.
With his criminal conviction Tyson should not be allowed to enter the country, let alone fight! After being convicted for assault, rape, and the Evander Holyfield incident, I cannot believe he is still allowed to enter the ring! His popularity allows him to get away with these things, any other boxer would have been banned from fighting long ago!
Duncan Glassey, Scotland
I don't see Mr Tyson's circumstances as exceptional in any way. He wasn't railroaded into a false conviction, and there is no evidence whatsoever that the charges against him were politically motivated. His trial was fair and the conviction was based on evidence and not coercion. Mr Tyson is nothing more than a thug and a rapist, and should not be allowed into the UK.
Adhiraj Mallik, USA
Mike Tyson is the most pitiful excuse for
a good sportsman in the world. He should not
be allowed the privilege of playing in any "gentleman's sport". And, if he is allowed to fight in Scotland, - that is an open
endorsement of the poorest kind of conduct by a professional athlete that I will have ever seen. We need to take these miserable
kind of people and bar them from public sporting events.
No, he should not be allowed to fight in Britain period. He is a very wicked person who has deep-seated problems.
Britain would be within its laws not to
allow Mike Tyson to re-enter. However,
Britain did allow Mike Tyson, who has
a conviction for rape, to enter. So a
precedent has been set; the door has
I thought your headline was the most imaginative I have ever seen. No, Tyson should not be allowed into the country to fight. Why should he be any different from anyone else?
Osman Gooje, UK
Yes, Tyson should fight anywhere in the United Kingdom. The home secretary allowed Tyson to fight in Manchester because so-called "small business" would be hurt if the match was to be cancelled. Mike Tyson, whether you like it or not, is a walking business enterprise which everyone (from Las Vegas to Glasgow) wants to milk for every dollar. The immigration law should be applied across the board or not enforced at all. If Mike is a convicted criminal then he should be treated as such, but for the UK chamber of commerce to invite him and then have the government pretend to hold their nose for the sake of local business is absolute garbage. Mike is good enough to make money off, but not good enough to set foot in the UK. Also the Home Office or which ever agency must study each case of a convicted person coming to the UK.
The man's a convicted rapist. He has served a jail sentence of over a year. Immigration laws on this subject are clear. What "special circumstances" exist to let this great boxer (yet convicted criminal) into the UK?
I think Mike should go to Scotland.
Forget about the immigration laws now,
and start to think about the rules
in the boxing ring. The first were
already breached when he fought
in Manchester, or there are "exceptional circumstances". Can you give him a break please? He is human.
I see that some of the US contributions to this debate have stated that they think Mike Tyson should be allowed to fight in the UK. However, if a British sportsman with a rape conviction wanted to attend a sporting event in the US, I am sure our American friends would have something different to say about the situation then. The guy is bad news! I live in Glasgow, and I for one will not be attending this spectacle.
Linda Semple, Scotland
Tyson is not coming into the UK as an immigrant but as a short term visitor. Britain is a fair society and gives a fresh start to all who have served their time in jail. That is why we have a Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, relating to employment opportunities. Whilst his convictions are for serious crimes we do let back into society those convicted of serious physical and sexual abuse of children. If we are not careful we are in danger of being hypocritical by being inconsistent.
Celebrity clearly does make a person above the law. If Mike Tyson were a third rate boxer, he would not even be allowed in the country as a convicted felon. What is perhaps worse is that Jack Straw, previously regarded by many as a man of integrity (even by those who strongly disagree with him), revealed himself to be a coward. Who is the worst criminal: the perpetrator, or the policeman who advocates the act? I strongly urge Scotland not to prostitute themselves in the same way.
Should Britain be allowed to fight in Sierra Leone?
Yes, we welcomed the Russian and Chinese leaders who have blood on their hands.
Disgusting! How can we bend the rules for him when we cannot bend the rules for
expats in Freetown?
Easy! - Money.
It's sad and is sending the wrong
signals out to the rest of the world.
If you want to come to Britain, don't
fit the bill, but will make us lots
of money, welcome. If you really have to come to Britain, fit the bill, but will not make us rich, push off!
Ali Kazimi, UK
No way! There are a lot of people who seem to regard Mr Tyson as a hero, but what has he done that is heroic - these people have a very stupid idea about heroism. He is basically a sad, stupid man who now believes he can do whatever he wants and still be adored by his even stupider fans. Let's just hope the government are sensible for once.
Why is this even a question again? The guy is going to be in the UK for a few days, be under intense scrutiny all the time, have the fight and leave. He will not have an opportunity to carry out any crime in the UK and probably most importantly has served his time in prison for this offence. What about all the little grey men/women who commit crimes against children, girls who are then released into the community to reoffend with no supervision or tracking in place? These are the ones we should be scared of, but as they are not an infamous sports personality, they get no recognition. Let's have this kind of uproar when a convicted child molester is released from prison, have the news media follow this person around and report every move. If you think this is extreme, this is exactly what is happening to Mike Tyson.
I was against Tyson coming the first time and for him to be allowed to come again is sending the wrong message to impressional young children. I'm also disgusted that Celtic a team I have supported all my life are even considering bidding to stage the fight. There must be female supporters who are not happy about this. Instead they should be concentrating on getting a top coach for next season, and winning the league.
Donna Amberly, USA
Perhaps we can hang him!
No he should not. He should be banned.
I feel that he should be allowed to fight as he is now a changed person from what he used to be.
Let him live his life the way he wants, and get off his back.
If we let other convicted rapists in then
we should let him in, if we don't then he
shouldn't be allowed either. He has to be
subject to the law like everyone else.
I appreciate that he has served his time, but crimes against society - be it murder or rape - are not easily forgotten.
Women I think find it particularly gauling that
this brutal man is put on a pedestal by some men.
I'm sure that those good people who run Hampden Park would love to make a lot of money out of hosting the Tyson fight but it is not exceptional circumstances that he fight there and therefore he should not be allowed entry. It was argued that businesses would have lost out were the Julius Francis fight cancelled at short notice. Not so here. It amazes me that he has fans who refuse to believe he raped and actually look up to him. Lewis should take him on with little fuss and end his career.
Everything is down to business, so whatever we say in this discussion won't matter to business people, because sports is their livelihood and where they generate revenue so, why do we let him fight and see how it goes as we did the last time.
What is wrong with letting Mike Tyson fight in Scotland? He should be allowed to fight anywhere. People have their views, and there is nothing wrong with that, but when people try to force their views upon you. Mike was, and still is a great fighter, and I look forward to seeing his next match.
There is no doubt that Tyson is a convicted rapist. However, the man has served his time. He should be allowed to fight in Scotland.
What's the problem exactly? Does this threaten residents there? And what about internationals like Lee Bowyer? Give it up. Just let him fight it generates revenues.
Absolutely not. Our rules are very clear, he should not be allowed in as he is convicted of a crime for which the sentence is more than one year. To all those in America saying he should be allowed in, would you? You would certainly not.
Mike Tyson shouldn't be allowed to fight anywhere until he demonstrates that he has "rehabilitated" himself and accepted responsibility for his own behaviour.
Patricia Mary Beveridge, Scotland
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