Mike Tyson, Terrell Owens Have Vastly Different Ideas on What Would Have Happened Had Social Media Existed in Their Prime


In a recent interview with Golf Digest, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson weighed in on current NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens. Though Tyson is an avid boxing fan, he claims he doesn’t know much about football, But he’s seen Owens around and even played golf with him a few times. The two also have lunch together every so often to catch up. So, when the topic of Owens’ contentious relationship with the media came up, Tyson jumped in with his take on the matter. In his opinion, social media is largely to blame for Owens’ reputation as a malcontent.

Although athletes are often eager to get their message out there, many a tweet has been deleted or Instagram post taken down. That’s because doing so is often seen as a necessary evil. But what if athletes had social media accounts from the start of their careers? What if they could speak their mind at will? There would certainly be more athletes fighting with fans on Twitter, and some would even dole out advice that turned out to be pretty bizarre. Comedian Mike Tyson and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens know what that would have been like, because they recently told Golf Digest what they would have tweeted during their primes.

Mike Tyson and Terrell Owens are candid. Both have spoken extensively during their Hall of Fame careers. How would things have changed if social media existed at the height of their careers? Both asked the question and got completely different answers.

Mike Tyson spoke in the boxing ring

word-image-3077 word-image-6871 LAS VEGAS, NV – 28. JUNE : Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fight for the WBA world heavyweight title on the 28th. June 1997 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was stopped in the third round and Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield in both ears. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) COMPARED TO: Mike Tyson could always find humor in his speech Mike Tyson wasn’t as energetic a guy as Muhammad Ali, but he did his part. Most of his conversations took place in the ring, and most of those conversations were with his boxing gloves on. Tyson usually didn’t spend much time in the ring with his opponent, as he was known for his early knockouts. In his youth, Tyson was perhaps the most impressive boxer of all time. He won the first 37 professional fights of his career. He won his first 19 fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in the world at the age of 20. Tyson is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He finished his career with a 50-6 record. Of his 50 wins, 44 have been by knockout.

Terrell Owens always said

Terrell Owens should not have been in the Hall of Fame. He was a kid who hadn’t even started playing on his high school team yet. He worked at a small college and thrived in the NFL. Throughout his NFL career, Owens has said some nasty things before, during and after games. Owens was always considered arrogant or smug because he spouted so much nonsense. Growing up in the NFL, his numbers spoke for themselves. Owens was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Chattanooga. He spent the first eight years of his 15-year career in San Francisco. During his professional career, Owens led the league in touchdowns for three seasons. He has nine 1,000-yard seasons to his credit and has been Pro Bowl six times, including five in a row. Owens finished his career with 153 touchdowns and 15,934 yards. In 2018, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

How would Owens and Tyson interact with social media in their day?

. Terrell Owens was recently a guest on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ With Mike Tysonpodcast. Tyson’s host Sebastian Joseph-Day asked what would have happened if both men had had access to social media at the height of their careers. Owens said he would love it. I wish we had platforms then like we have now, Owens said. We’re all human. We get a little irritated when someone says negative things about us. I might challenge or refute some of the things people have said about me. I have my own podcast today, and I can take on a guy like Sean Salisbury or Skip Bayless. In those days the media was very powerful. Tyson had a radically different answer. When Joseph-Day asked him what would have happened if he had had Instagram as a young man, Tyson didn’t hesitate to answer. People often saw me naked, he said. All statistics are from Pro Football Reference.

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