Mike Tyson Once Used a Fake Penis to Pass a Drug Test — ‘I Painted It a Little Tan Color’

Mike Tyson will forever be regarded one of the greatest boxers of all time. The former heavyweight champion had a 50-6 record with 44 wins by knockout, and earned over $400 million over the course of his career.

Outside of the ring, Tyson dealt with a myriad of personal struggles. He was convicted of rape and sentenced to six years in prison in 1992, filed for bankruptcy in 2003, and has been open about his drug addiction for many years. 

Tyson’s addiction has put him in some risky situations in the past, including a time when he had to use a fake penis in order to pass a drug test. 

Mike Tyson used a fake penis to pass a drug test 

Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the " " panel discussion at the  portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour
Mike Tyson speaks onstage during a panel discussion at the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

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Tyson explained the strange situation he found himself in during an interview with VLAD TV.

“I was arrested for a DWI and … I wasn’t on alcohol, I was on cocaine. They made it a DWI,” Tyson recalled. “And I didn’t stop smoking, I couldn’t stop, I was addicted to weed. I couldn’t stop smoking, so I had to get a Whizzinator, a fake d*ck with somebody else’s piss in it. Clean piss that was warm.”

In order to make it look more realistic, Tyson painted the fake penis so nobody would question him when it was time to take the test. 

“It’s a fake penis … I painted it a little tan color, the color of my thing. … I was sick,” Tyson said, laughing hysterically.

He had to take his drug test right in front of people 

Obviously, Tyson knew he was taking a big risk that would’ve potentially landed him back in jail. In order to take some of the attention away from himself during the drug test, he convinced his administrator not to watch him while he used the fake penis. 

“I used to always do this, I just said, ‘Oh come on, man, you ready?’ … And act like I was gonna pull it out in front of him. … The guy would say, ‘Turn around.’ … I always said that to the guy, I would give him that gay comment, ‘Oh you wanna see some n*gga d*ck huh? That’s what you want to see?’ [He’d say] ‘Hey, get away, turn around,’ I slid the stuff out and I’d get away with it.”

Later in the interview, Tyson admitted that his biggest fear was someone eventually finding out that the clean urine wasn’t his. 

“The piss would be clean, I just say, I hope the guy don’t say, ‘Mr. Tyson, you’re pregnant,” Tyson said, laughing.

Mike Tyson doesn’t underestimate the power of addiction

At the conclusion of the interview, things took a serious turn when Tyson began to discuss the power of his addiction. 

“Never in my life am I going to sleep on drug addiction,” Tyson said. “I don’t sleep on drug addiction. I know guys [that] go 20 years without drugs. The next thing you know, they died of an overdose. … This thing’s strong. While I’m straight and I’m getting stronger, it’s doing push-ups right now getting stronger [for] the next time it attacks me. I know the power of drugs, I know the power of mind, too. … [I’ll] be a drug addict for the rest of my life, I just won’t be using. But I’ma always be a junkie for the rest of my life. That’s how it works. You don’t have that power. I don’t have the power to say I’m not gonna be a junkie next year.” 

How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.