Originally created 01/19/01

Marijuana in Tyson's system



LANSING, Mich. -- Mike Tyson tested positive for marijuana after he beat Andrew Golota on Oct. 20, according to a formal complaint released Thursday by the state.

Earlier this week, state regulators suspended Tyson's Michigan boxing license for 90 days and fined him $5,000 for refusing to submit to a urine test before the fight at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The settlement made no mention of a urine sample Tyson gave after the fight. But according to the complaint released Thursday, that sample tested positive for marijuana. The complaint was obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The license suspension, fine and a $200,000 donation from Tyson to various charities were part of a settlement between the nine-member board and Tyson's attorney, Neil Fink of Birmingham.

The settlement listed Tyson's refusal to submit to the prefight test as his only violation. It made no mention of the failed test, which Fink said "was not before the board."

"Mr. Tyson was never tried on that, and we don't intend to litigate it in the media," Fink told The Detroit News.

Golota quit after the second round of the fight, which Tyson said at the time was his last. He has resumed training, however.

Emanuel Steward of Detroit, Lennox Lewis' manager, said Wednesday that Tyson representatives contacted him about a world heavyweight title bout in April.

"But Lennox has no interest in fighting Tyson," Steward said.