"We are gearing up to handle Mr. (Mike) Tyson just like any other felon coming into the system. We have not made any other arrangements to treat him differently or alter our policies."
_ Kevin Moore, an executive assistant to Indiana Department of Correction commissioner James Aiken
"It's unfortunate, because a lot of people in the boxing business saw it coming. Tyson's behavior has been getting more and more out of control. Unfortunately, this is what happened. I'm dumbfounded."
_ Dan Duva, promoter for heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield
"I think it's a tragedy. A tragedy for the young lady and a tragedy for Tyson. I think he's been crying out for help for a long time. It wasn't the first episode. It wasn't the first time he's shown erratic behavior. This is a man who was in dire need of help."
_ Dennis Rappaport, the promoter of Tim Witherspoon and the former co-manager of Gerry Cooney
"It's just too bad that the people who could get to him died one after the other and couldn't complete the positive things they had done for him."
_ Arnie Rosenthal, a West Coast boxing manager, referring to Cus D'Amato, to whom Tyson was paroled from a juvenile detention facility in 1980
"After all the evidence was weighed, the state had a stronger case. It was an accumulation of evidence."
_ The foreman of the four-woman, eight-man jury, after the verdict late Monday
"It showed early on that nobody is above justice, whether it's a boxer or lawyer or doctor or anyone else. It's a human being here, and regardless of his status in life, the wheels of justice are taking their course."
_ Mills Lane, Nevada District Court judge who has been the referee in more than 50 championship fights
"I'm not really surprised. I don't think he has any guidance in his life. I think he needs a friend. Most of the people around him were just around him for money. At a young age, all this money, all this responsibility. He doesn't know how to deal with it."
_ Donovan "Razor" Ruddock, heavyweight contender
"It's been fairly obvious for a long time that he's been dysfunctional as far as women are concerned. The people who formerly managed him were not 100 percent successful in taming his wilder instincts. But they tried. They had some moral authority where he was concerned. Don King's appeal to him was: "We're both these rough tough street guys and we're taking on the world and can do anything and get away with it.' He went to Don King because that's what he wanted. He wanted to not be controlled."
_ Larry Merchant, television boxing commentator
"King brainwashed him (Tyson) and poisoned him. He never acted in Mike's best interests; he was always concerned only about himself."
_ Bill Cayton, Tyson's former manager
"Mike Tyson was always a great champion physically, but he was never a champion morally, like someone like a Holyfield. Someone as visible as the heavyweight champion of the world should (exhibit) high morals. I don't think Tyson ever did that. I think Holyfield does.
"Something like this gives boxing a real bad name, and boxing definitely doesn't need any more bad press. For his sake, I hope he was guilty because this is going toruin his life."
_ Dan Birmingham, St. Pete Boxing Club owner, head trainer
"I think it will shift attention away from the heavyweights and also generate interest in some of the heavyweight matchups that are still possible. Nobody cared about these matches before because the feeling was that Mike Tyson would destroy the winner anyway."
_ Johnny Bos, boxing promoter
"It's public record what (Tyson's) attitude has been toward women, and basically he's been convicted now. Boxing has always had a kind of a black-eye situation; and while I don't condone his actions, I think that he has given a greater opportunity for other fighters, like Razor Ruddock and Riddick Bowe, that deserve _ on the basis of character in my opinion _ to be in the spotlight."
_ Phil Alessi, boxing promoter