I’ve never had a chance to interview anyone as unstable or unpredictable as Mike Tyson, which actually kind of sucks because I strangely feel it would be fun to wind up in a position like the one CP24’s Nathan Downer found himself in Wednesday afternoon.

The local Toronto news host was doing a live interview with Tyson, who is in town promoting his one-man show during the city’s film festival. Downer brought up the fact that Tyson’s support for mayor Rob Ford could be viewed as something that could hurt Ford’s re-election campaign, considering that Tyson is a convicted rapist.

It appears that rubbed Iron Mike the wrong way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWnK5xh_UnU

Downer did his best to take the high road before cutting the interview short. He then took to Twitter to apologize for Tyson’s language while stating that he holds no ill will toward him.

https://twitter.com/nathandowner1/status/509765172458954753

It’s never ideal when one of your hosts is called “a rat piece of s—” on live air, but between Ford’s never-ending circus and moments like these from his “supporters,” local stations like CP24 probably can’t complain.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at CBSSports.com, Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.