Robert Brown: Why do you think his attitude to training and general discipline eroded so quickly after the Catskill breakup?
Steve Lott: Good question - 1. Mike was very embarrassed about leaving Kevin (Rooney) and Bill (Cayton). 2. King put no restrictions on Mike. 3. The more Mike acted like the street punks around him, his popularity was gone and worse he was made into a party joke. 4. No Kevin in his corner. All this added up to a failure.
Robert Brown: So the whole reason Givens got Mike away from Cayton was control, not for his best interest? Bill Cayton was not controlling and manipulating as has been claimed?
Steve Lott: I always hear this "controlling" and "manipulating" with Bill. Mike was the youngest Heavyweight Champion of all time. Commercials on network TV for Pepsi, Kodak, Nintendo. A Spokesperson for the NYC Police department, FBI, DEA - 2 million dollars in an annuity that Bill set up and was voted world's most popular athlete.
Robin did not want Bill around because she would not be able to steal Mike's money undetected. Don't forget that Robin re-signed with Bill once she found out her black brother Don King would steal all of Mike's money before she could steal it.
Robert Brown: If the Catskill team had not been broken up, do you think Tyson would have been able to maintain his attitude and desire?
Steve Lott: Yes. He had no problem at all up to Robin Givens.
Robert Brown: Are you saying that Givens is almost entirely the catalyst for Tyson's downfall? If he had not met her the Catskill team would not have separated and he would not have fell into King's clutches?
Steve Lott: That is correct. Mike would not have been emotionally shot. There were many times that I saw Mike wink at me when some con man made a move on him.
Robert Brown: What do you think was the reason behind King hiring a novice attorney in criminal case for the proceeding rape trial?
Steve Lott: Don made a deal with the attorney. Take 4 million from Mike for the defense and split it with Don.
Robert Brown: Do you really think King would risk his most valuable resource going to jail for 2 million dollars?
Steve Lott: Great - great question. (Vincent) Fuller told King that there was no proof. Easy case to win. And there was no proof. But Fuller made the blunder of the century by putting Mike on the stand.
Robert Brown: How much did the inexperience of this attorney harm Tyson in this case?
Steve Lott: Fuller was totally responsible. He put Mike on the stand.
Robert Brown: If what has been stated is true, that Mike Tyson funds had been repeatedly raided and he was virtually bankrupt by the time he came out of jail in 1995, why did he re-sign with Don King and surely the responsibility of that must fall on his shoulders at that time?
Steve Lott: Another great question. 1. There was a Muslim priest in the prison that Don was paying off to keep Mike full of King. 2. Don King is a great, great con man. 3. Mike was too embarrassed to seek other help.
Robert Brown: Do you think Mike has finally come to a stage in his life where he is at peace with himself?
Steve Lott: No. He still wishes he never left Kevin Rooney and Bill Cayton. Mike remembers being a hero and having it all taken away because of Don King. It eats him up.
Robert Brown: Mike Tyson has been inducted into the hall of fame. Do you feel honored knowing you had a part in those early successful years?
Steve Lott: Yes.
Robert Brown: When all is said and done, how should Mike Tyson be remembered?
Steve Lott: The story is not over yet.