Tyson Wants to Settle Dispute
By TIM DAHLBERG
AP Sports Writer
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson's handlers want to clear a major obstacle toward
regaining a license for the former heavyweight champion -- settlement with two
men who accuse Tyson of *** following a traffic accident.
The Nevada Athletic Commission will rule on Tyson's effort to return to the
ring, and on Wednesday waited for reports from doctors who examined Tyson at
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston last week.
The reports were to have been submitted by Monday. When they weren't, the
commission postponed Saturday's licensing hearing. The commission said a date
for the new hearing probably won't be determined until Thursday.
The attempt to settle comes after two Nevada boxing commissioners said they want
to know what happened in Maryland before they vote on giving Tyson a license.
"Hopefully, this will all be resolved before the hearing," Tyson adviser Jeff
Wald said. "We're going to try to deal with it before then."
Tyson refused to answer questions about the matter at his Sept. 19 hearing
before the Nevada commission.
But with commissioners now on the record saying they want answers before giving
Tyson a new license, the boxer's lawyers have begun negotiations on a
Richard Hardick, 50, says Tyson kicked him in the groin after Hardick's car
rear-ended a Mercedes driven by Tyson's wife, Monica, Aug. 31 in a Maryland
suburb. Hardick and Abmielec Saucedo, 62, who said Tyson punched him in the
face, have filed criminal complaints.
Calls to both men and their lawyers Wednesday were not returned, but Tyson's
lawyers confirmed they want to settle. Wald declined to discuss the
Wald said clearing up this dispute means more to Tyson than just a return of the
license he lost for biting Evander Holyfield's ears last year.
Tyson is still on probation from his*** conviction in Indiana and could
conceivably be returned to prison if convicted of another crime.
"The impact on Mike's life if there were charges in this incident far exceeds
his boxing license," Wald said. "It comes to the matter of his freedom."
Wald said Tyson would not give up his right to presumed innocence by talking
about the incident before the commission.
Others close to Tyson, who asked not to be identified, said any settlement would
not be especially lucrative for the two men, even if they believe they have
leverage over Tyson because of the pending commission vote.
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