If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Mike Tyson must be blushing.
The boxer found himself victim to an elaborate hoax started by Chef Roble Ali, a former contestant on Bravo's Top Chef. It all started when Ali posted a picture to his Instagram of Tyson tenderly holding two pigeons face-to-face, with the caption "now kith." An obvious crack at Tyson's signature speech impediment.
The aspiring chef then posted a series of text messages allegedly from Tyson to the social media site. The content of the texts were vaguely threatening but also hilarious.
“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," said the first message.
The second one went on, “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.”
And then, “Alright Roble you know I’m just [bleeping] with your punk a** right? you was scared as [bleep] weren’t you???? I wouldn’t even put the paws on your frail a** 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."
Finally, the Tyson impostor writes, “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.”
Sounds like Tyson, right? Turns out, Chef Ali fabricated the messages as a well thought-out joke. “Mike has never heard of this chef nor would he write anything like this," his rep says to Page Six.
Roble later tweeted, "the Mike Tyson thing is a joke. I made it up. Can't believe it made Page Six."
While the Bravo star may want to watch his back in Brooklyn for a little while, we have to admit he captured Tyson's tone and style perfectly. Hopefully the Champ has a good sense of humor about it.
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