By: Mike Madigan
Michael Gerard Tyson was convicted of engaging in a sexual act with another by force and the threat of serious violence in 1992. Tyson was convicted of forcibly raping an eighteen year old girl. Tyson was 25 and physically intimidating and mentally unhinged due to drug and alcohol addiction at the time of this vicious act.
Now the Statler City Hotel, Lace-Up Promotions and the City of Buffalo are being used to promote this individual. The reputation of all are being used in a manner that causes new injuries to the victim of Tyson’s misogynistic and vicious rape and other similar victims like her in the region.
It would seem that those who have decided to embrace this individual would do a back ground check to ensure the safety of anyone exposed to this Category 2 sex offender.
Those who are promoting this rapist chose a different route. Instead of protecting those exposed to this rapist they chose to protect themselves by writing a contract absolving themselves of all responsibility. Below are a couple of excerpts from the contract that is required to be signed by anyone who chooses to sign-up and pay to meet this convicted rapist:
Lace Up Promotions: “You herby assume all risks of attending the Meet & Greet, including injury, death, damage to or loss of personal property, or otherwise, and however caused, and you release and waive any and all claims, liabilities and actions of any kind, against Lace Up Promotions, Mike Tyson, and their affiliates and related companies, and the owners, directors, officers, members, employees, agents and representatives of each of them, arising out of or in connection with the Meet & Greet.”
“You warrant that you will not use any photographic, sound or film recording equipment other than for individual pictures of you and the talent that you meet at the meet and greet. Any films, DVDs, CDRs, tapes, CDs, MDs, DATs or other photographic, sound or film recordings that are used for purposes other than an individual picture of you and the talent that you meet at the meet and greet may be destroyed.”
According to the contract these promoters are allowing children as young as fifteen, of either sex, to meet “privately” with this category 2 sex offender.
Tyson has never expressed any remorse for his 1992 rape of the 18-year-old college student Desiree Washington and in fact in 2003 he said, in regards to his conviction and claims of innocence:
“”I just hate her guts. She put me in that state, where I don’t know,” Tyson said. “I really wish I did now. But now I really do want to rape her.” Tyson admits that he was in the grips of alcohol and drug addiction at the time of the vicious attack.” http://sports.ndtv.com/boxing/news/14459-i-just-hate-her-guts-tyson
Tyson is coming to Buffalo this Saturday and will be employed for one day at the Statler City Hotel. The Tier 2 sex offender regulations appear to require him to register here in Buffalo since he will be working for one day here. If Tyson has not pre-registered, as apparently required, Buffalo and NY State law enforcement officers must ensure equal enforcement of the law and if registration is indeed required and he has not complied then they must arrest Tyson for breaking the sex offender pre-registration law. http://www.cityofhenderson.com/police/offenders/27015.php
Those who are concerned with this promotion and use of our city’s name and landmarks in this manner can call the Statler at (716) 853-3300 and Lace-Up Promotions at 844-452-2387. Those who wish to confirm if Tyson is in compliance with Level 2 sex offender registration requirements can call the Buffalo Police Sex offense Unit at 716-851-4494.