Nobody Likes Mike
For the first time in all the years I've read SI, an issue, the one featuring Mike Tyson on the cover (Monster's Ball, May 20), found its way, nonstop and unread, from the mailbox to the trash can.
FRANK VOJIK, Glen Burnie, Md.
If you insist on putting an animal on your cover, why not the late, great Seattle Slew?
JERRY PAYNE, Tampa
A face only a mother could love, and then only after a DNA test to be sure.
DAVE LEEMAN, Wakefield, R.I.
After reading All the Rage by Richard Hoffer (May 20), I wondered what will happen to Tyson when he is no longer able to box? For Mr. Tyson's own good, I truly hope that his perverse ramblings are part of his self-promotion and that he is, at least, smart enough to have planned for a secure retirement. If not, please spare your readers future stories about Tyson's being down and out. I do not believe I could stand to read anything more about the Tyson philosophy of life.
RICHARD J. KELLY Austin
I want O.J. Simpson to find the real killer, I cheer for Ray Lewis on the field and in the courtroom, and I think Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. However, the next time you put Mike Tyson on the cover, cancel my subscription.
FRANKLYN S. MICHAELSON Santa Barbara, Calif.
It seems to me that you should have regarded the words of Shakespeare, the man Tyson called a literary "impostor," in considering the story on His Mikeness: "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
JOHN P. HEGARTY, Downingtown, Pa.
I know the letters will pour in about how terrible SI has become because you have sunk so low as to put a convicted rapist on your cover. My response to the irate letter writers is...get over it. I don't like the guy either, but it all comes down to freedom of the press. Any reader can respond by not buying the magazine.
SHANE MCCARTHY, Tucson
Is Tyson crazy or shrewd? I can't tell either. But if he actually spent more money on his pets ($411,777) than on his children ($228,821 in child support), then one thing he's not is a father.
RICK VENATTA, Robinson, Ill.
Which is worse: that Alike Tyson spends more on pigeons and lawn care than he does on child support or that society continues to shell out millions to watch this thug disgrace a sport once made proud by the likes of Dempsey and Ali? Talk about your signs of the apocalypse.
NICK EHLI, Bozeman, Mont.
Thank God the Army took out a full-page ad on the back of your May 20 issue. I can lay my copy with Tyson's face down and see a real hero.
GARRETT KNOTH Holland, Mich.