For the first time since his 1992 felony conviction, Mike Tyson is eligible to vote in a presidential election – and he plans to do so. The 54-year-old former heavyweight champion of the world announced on Twitter his excitement to cast a ballot in November.
“This election will be my first time voting,” Tyson tweeted out. “I never thought I could because of my felony record. I’m proud to finally go vote.”
In 1992, Tyson was convicted of one count of rape and two counts of deviant sexual conduct and sentenced to six years in prison. In many states, those with a felony conviction on their record are not allowed to participate in elections. However, Nevada (Tyson’s home state) recently passed a bill that restored voting rights to any state resident upon their release from prison, which will allow the boxer to vote in this election.
“Iron” Mike Tyson is also scheduled to return to the ring this November in an exhibition fight against another former champion, Roy Jones Jr., as a part of his “Legends Only League” initiative to give older athletes a chance to return to their sports.