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Fame to InfamyRace, Sport, and the Fall from Grace$
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David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737516

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737516.001.0001

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Don’t Believe the Hype

Don’t Believe the Hype

The Racial Representation of Mike Tyson in Three Acts

(p.45) Don’t Believe the Hype
Fame to Infamy

Thabiti Lewis

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines race as a factor in the performance of a sports celebrity, using Mike Tyson as a focus. It contends that black athletes were often represented as villains in sport, as shown in the case of Muhammad Ali, Jack Johnson, and Barry Bonds. It shows that Tyson’s reputation originated in the aftermath of black athletes’ struggles in the 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   black athlete, race, Mike Tyson, sports celebrity, Muhammad Ali, Jack Johnson, Barry Bonds

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