Mike Tyson Blocked from Entering Chile, Potentially Due to Criminal History

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26:  Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Chilean authorities prevented former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson from entering the country, the Associated Press (via USA Today) reported Thursday. 

The Investigations Police of Chile (PDI) didn't specify a reason for denying Tyson the opportunity to set foot in Chile. The AP reported Tyson's criminal record may have played a role in the decision.

The PDI shared a photo of officers escorting Tyson through the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile:

According to the AP, Tyson had traveled to Chile to take part in a promotional event for a local television channel.

Tyson was released from prison in 1995 after serving three years of a 10-year sentence for rape. The 51-year-old served four months in prison in 1999 after assaulting two motorists a year earlier. He also pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and driving under the influence in 2007.

Immigration laws in the United Kingdom forced Tyson to scrap a planned trip to London in 2013, and New Zealand canceled his visa in 2012. In both cases, Tyson's legal history was the driving factor.