Mike Tyson is known for doing strange things, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that hoaxes involving him often get taken very seriously. Such was the case this week, when Bravo star Chef Roble Ali’s gag was misinterpreted as something more than just a big joke.
According to the New York Post, Roble posted a photo of Tyson holding two pigeons to Instagram with the caption: “Now Kith.” He then followed that up with a fake text message, supposedly from Tyson, saying: “How you do there Mr. funny man? You think that [bleep’s] funny making fun of my speech impediment? You know we always been cool when I see you in Brooklyn right? Well that [bleep] is over.
“I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember that game ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch Out’ but either way I’m gonna [beep] you up when I see you like I did that little white boy in the game. You hear me you ostrich looking skinny cheffin’ punk? Laugh now, cry later.”
Then came another set of fake messages: “Alright Roble you know I’m just [bleeping] with your punk ass right? you was scared as [bleep] weren’t you???? I wouldn’t even put the paws on your frail ass cause if I punched you one time you would shatter like a champagne glass against a brick wall. [Bleep] wouldn’t even be fair. If would be like fighting a girl.
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“Anyways I want you and your crew to come out to Vegas soon and cater a party for me at the crib. Also, you’re a [bleep] for not picking up the phone but I would do the same thing if I were you. Peace my dude.”
Roble responded, “Hey Champ. How you doin my man?? I’m glad you have a good sense of humor and can take a joke. I was going to answer the phone but I didn’t because I was in shook and I’m not a [bleep] for that because you’re Mike [bleeping] Tyson okay?!? LoL!”
An interesting exchange, obviously, but also an entirely fictional one.
Tyson’s rep told told the New York Post: “Mike has never heard of this chef nor would he write anything like this.”