The conversation then took a slight turn and one of the big election issues came up: Immigrants. "The next hundred years, those are the people that are going to build this country and make it the strongest country in the world or make it the worst country by the way they're being perceived when they come in this country," Tyson said, "It's up to us how we're going to help this country. Are we going to keep it classist, and 'we're better than those people, because our skin is lighter than theirs? Our kids have more money are smarter than theirs, so those people are subhuman?' We've got to continue to fight harder and harder to keep those people out of public office. They're supposed to serve the people, but they serve their own selfish needs."
And on Mitt Romney's comments on the 47%, a group that Tyson likely is member of, he didn't hold back: "There are a whole bunch of people with that kind of ideology in their minds, and they looked at the country that way when this country was first founded, and they'll be that way a 100 years from now. They'll be the problem, but we're going to fight the problem.
"The problem is never going to go away. Didn't go away in my grandmother's time, in my great-grandfather's time, and it's not going to go away in my time. Every generation's going to fight. We're going to fight when them when we see them in Europe. We're going to fight them when we see them in Asia. We're going to fight them when we see them in New York City. We're going to fight them when we see them in the Bronx. We're going to fight them when we see them in Chicago, DC. We're going keep this country a loving country, a respectable country, a country that was built from all races all over the world."
This concept of unity extended to an issue that is touchy for any man in the sports world, homosexuality. But Tyson handled the topic with grace. "I'm not saying anything," sounding uncomfortable for a second, "I'm just saying from a humanitarian perspective. A human being. Everybody should be treated [equally]. Isn't that what this country is founded on? But I think we need to all be judged by the character, the content of our character more than just what we are as individuals." And character is something that Tyson is working on building, full time.
His newest endeavor is the revelatory Undisputed Truth that'll be making its way to South Florida this weekend. We asked if the stories he tells will change as the show heads off Broadway, he said they won't, "I discussed that with my wife, that we start doing different stories, but I told the stories that people knew about but they don't know the under-riding factors of it." Tyson guarantees the same "crazy tales."
Tyson thinks it's about entertainment, and "working with the emotions of the crowd, feeling the crowd's vibe," but admitted, it's "just really liberating."
Himself a very disciplined worker, as any sports champion, he dished on his very famous director, "Spike's a hard worker, somewhat of a taskmaster. He's going to make sure he brings out the best in you for the show. I really enjoyed working with him so much."
For a guy who's done it all, good and bad, what's his next challenge? "I want to be a great contributor to life, to humanity," he revealed. "That's so much bigger than being a famous celebrity, a famous star. It's a gift to give. I noticed, when I was younger, I wanted to acquire so much materialism. As I get older, I realize life is about love. You have to give. Not only materialism, but you have to give education, give experience, give knowledge, to give of yourself, to be selfless. That's how I feel about my destiny in life now."
Undisputed Truth at 9 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5555 NW 40th Street, Coconut Creek. Tickets cost between $85 and $200 plus fees. Visit Ticketmaster.