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The Chronology

September 20, 1998

* June 28, 1997: Mike Tyson is disqualified after third round of rematch with Evander Holyfield because he bit Holyfield twice, once on each ear. Nevada State Athletic Commission withholds Tyson's $29.8-million purse, pending a hearing.

* June 30, 1997: Tyson apologizes for his actions, saying he "snapped."

* July 1, 1997: Nevada State Athletic Commission suspends Tyson pending a hearing to determine his final punishment for biting Holyfield. It also is withholding his $29.8-million fight purse.

* July 9, 1997: Nevada State Athletic Commission revokes Tyson's boxing license. He cannot reapply for that license for at least one year.

* Sept. 20, 1997: A planned meeting between Holyfield and Tyson in Louisville doesn't come off Saturday night because, Tyson claims, his charter flight from the New York area was delayed because of mechanical problems.

* Oct. 15, 1997: A New York jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in the civil lawsuit he filed against Tyson over a street brawl in 1988. In his lawsuit, Green claimed Tyson beat him outside a leather clothing store in Harlem on Aug. 23, 1988, in a dispute over their 1986 professional bout, which Green lost in a 10-round decision. The six-person jury in New York State Supreme Court rules unanimously that Green had provoked Tyson and reduced the initial $100,000 it agreed on by 55%, yielding the $45,000 figure.

* Oct. 29, 1997: Tyson suffers broken ribs when his motorcycle skids as he exits a highway near Hartford, Conn. The accident happened on Interstate 84 in Manchester, about 10 miles east of Hartford, during evening rush hour. Tyson's motorcycle skidded when it hit some sand. He was wearing a helmet.

* Feb. 26, 1998: A lawsuit is filed in Las Vegas District Court alleging that Tyson owes The Jewelers of Las Vegas $805,350 for purchases he has made since 1996.

* March 5, 1998: Tyson files a $100-million lawsuit against Don King, alleging that the promoter cheated him out of tens of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

* March 10, 1998: Two women file a lawsuit against Tyson for $22.5 million, claiming they were traumatized when he verbally and physically abused them in a Washington restaurant after his sexual advances were rejected. Tyson allegedly grabbed one of the women, cursed at the other and overturned a table before hot coffee was thrown on him to "impede his attack" on March 1, the lawsuit says.

* July 9, 1998: First day that Tyson can apply for reinstatement.

* July 17, 1998: Tyson applies for a license in New Jersey.

* July 29, 1998: Tyson snaps during a closing statement by his attorney, Anthony J. Fusco Jr., toward the end of a 3-hour 40-minute hearing to decide whether Tyson should be licensed to box in New Jersey. Tyson, who had become increasingly agitated during persistent but gentle probing from state Assistant Atty. Gen. Michael Haas, already had declined his opportunity to read a prepared closing statement, saying, "I don't want to say that now because I'm angry." Fusco was trying to explain his client's frustration to the five-man panel sitting behind a table at the front of the crowded hearing room, when Tyson blurted, "You know what I mean, man! Why do I have to relive my [bleeping] . . ."

* August 1998: Internal Revenue Service places a $6.3-million tax lien on Tyson's 61-room mansion in Farmington, Conn.

* Aug. 13, 1998: On the eve of a scheduled New Jersey ruling--with escalating political pressure to deny him a license to fight in that state--Tyson withdraws New Jersey application. At the same time, Tyson formally asks that the Nevada State Athletic Commission consider reinstating the license it revoked almost 14 months ago. The Nevada commissioners immediately accept Tyson's request, and officials there say a public hearing, with Tyson present and answering questions from the five commissioners, will be held in two or three weeks.

* Aug. 21, 1998: Tyson attends Jim Murray's funeral service. His hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on his revoked license, which originally was scheduled for Sept. 9, is moved to Sept. 19.

* Aug. 27, 1998: Tyson's new trainer, Jesse Reid, walks out of Tyson's camp in a dispute over training duties.

* Aug. 31, 1998: Tyson is involved in a minor traffic accident and is accused of punching one man in the chest and kicking another in the groin. Richard Hardick, 50, says Tyson kicked him after his car rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz driven by Tyson's wife, Monica. Hardick says his car was forced into Tyson's car after it was rear-ended by a third vehicle. Saucedo claims that Tyson struck him in the face.

* Sept. 2, 1998: Hardick files an assault charge against the former heavyweight boxing champion. The complaint charges misdemeanor second-degree assault.

* Sept. 3, 1998: Abmielec Saucedo files criminal assault charges against Tyson in Washington in the wake of a minor traffic accident in Maryland.

* Sept. 18, 1998: Tyson admits to having serious financial troubles and will fight with or without the Nevada State Athletic Commission's blessing.


Researched by Paul Singleton

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