Boxer Mike Tyson weighs in on Kobe Bryant's legal problems
LOS ANGELES -- Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson says he can empathize with the legal problems of Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
"I was his age when I got in my ordeal," said Tyson, who spent three years in prison on a rape conviction.
"I know how easy it is for a young man to be a big shot, a big star in America's eyes and then get in another arena and he's nobody. That means the judicial arena," Tyson told "Access Hollywood" on Monday.
Bryant, 25, is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel worker in his suite at a Colorado resort in June. He has said they had consensual sex.
Tyson, 37, was convicted in 1992 of raping a teen beauty queen.
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