He may be undisputed boxing champion of the world, but Mike Tyson’s wild theory that the wealthy are hunting the homeless for sport is definitely up for debate.
On Friday’s installment of The Joe Rogan Experience, a stoned Tyson said he ‘really believes’ that the rich abduct vagrants to chase them on large private estates, unbeknownst to the uninitiated 99 percent.
After the pair smoked weed – appearing to light up two separate joints while sitting across from each other at Rogan’s podcasting table – Tyson told Rogan that ‘whatever you think a human did to another human being – it happened. Whatever it is, it happened.’
‘Somewhere in history?’ Rogan asked.
‘Yeah, and sometimes these special camps and stuff it happens,’ Tyson continued. ‘These people own these thousands of acres and nothing grows on ’em.’
‘Right, weird ranches where people do rituals and s***,’ Rogan encouraged.
‘Might want to hunt a motherf*****,’ Tyson said.
‘That’s not outside the realm of possibility!’ Rogan replied, shocked.
‘I know, that’s why I’m throwing it at you,’ Tyson said.
‘I guarantee you there’s been someone, somewhere in the world who paid someone to hunt a person,’ Rogan said. ‘I guarantee you that’s happened!’
Then, Tyson expounded on his outlandish theory:
‘This is what happens: they take these homeless people off the streets. Put ’em in there, take them to one of those special hospitals.’
‘[Then], they take them from the hospital, all drugged up, take ’em to these large estates, property – “let’s hunt” – Run!’
Then, Rogan mentioned Richard Connell’s ‘The Most Dangerous Game,’ a short story published in 1924 about a big game hunter from New York City who is hunted for sport on a Russian aristocrat’s private island in the Caribbean.
Tyson did not confirm whether he’d read the work, instead asking Rogan whether he knew ‘the only reason we hunt the fox.’
‘Their fur?’ Rogan guessed.
‘Fox is the only one that backs tracks,’ Tyson explained.
‘That’s the only challenging chase, everything else is too easy. So now, they say “well the fox is the most reasonable animal, let’s try a human animal, see how reasonable he is.”‘
‘Guaranteed!’ Rogan agreed.
‘They want to challenge reasonability,’ Tyson concluded.
Tyson and Rogan touched on a slurry of other topics during their three-hour chat.
He told the podcaster that he was inspired to return to boxing in his 2021 comeback fight against Bob Sapp after a psychedelic trip on DMT, and described the day-to-day of owning pet tigers.
Mike Tyson is probably no stranger to weed-fueled dialogue, and definitely no stranger to imbibing cannabis – the Brooklyn native launched his own cannabis brand, Tyson 2.0, in November of 2021.
Last month, Tyson marketed gummy edibles shaped like bite-marked ears to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the infamous ‘Bite Fight,’ when he bit a chunk of out Evander Holyfield’s cartilage.
Tyson 2.0 products are sold at marijuana retailers in Nevada, California, Massachusetts and Colorado.
‘Cannabis has always played an important role in my life,’ Tyson has said.
‘Cannabis has changed me for the good both mentally and physically, and I want to share that gift with others who are also seeking relief,’ he added.
Last month, an unfazed Mike Tyson subdued an armed man at a Hollywood comedy club by bringing him in for a hug.
The unidentified man was filmed interrupting a comedy set at a Hollywood rooftop bar to challenge Mike Tyson to a fight in a deranged attempt to ‘elevate his status’, TMZ reported.
When he asked to leave by the event MC, the man pulled out a firearm. But after Tyson beckoned the man over and embraced him, he left without harming any audience members.
The bizarre interview is the latest headline-grabbing incident for Rogan, who faces a boycott from artists who pulled their music from Spotify – the service Rogan uses exclusively to air his podcast – over his COVID-19 comments and use of racial slurs.
Critics called on the streaming service to cancel the Joe Rogan Experience host’s $200million deal for spreading ‘misinformation’ regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
In January, a group of 270 doctors and scientists signed an open letter to Spotify accusing Rogan of pushing ‘anti-vax misinformation’ and branding him a ‘menace to public health’.
After Spotify didn’t respond to the letter, musicians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell led a boycott and pulled their music from the streaming platform.
Spotify eventually launched content advisory warnings on episodes that include discussion about COVID-19 on a rolling basis.
Then in February, clips resurfaced from Rogan’s podcast in which he used the N-word over 20 times. He later apologized, calling it ‘the most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.’