Have you ever sworn at somebody during an interview in the workplace because they asked you a question that you didn’t like?
If you have, you’re not alone.
Former world boxing heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, took umbrage when he was asked a question about his rape conviction during a live television interview in Canada back in 2014.
Tyson started to swear at CP24 news anchor Nathan Downer, when he appeared on his programme to promote his one man show, The Undisputed Truth.
As Downer raised the subject of Tyson’s previous rape conviction, Tyson began to use various profanities towards Downer in response.
“It’s so interesting, because you come off like a nice guy, but you’re really piece of shit,” Tyson said. “F*ck you, that was a piece of shit.”
Downer attempted to remind Tyson that they were on live television, but Tyson responded by saying: “I don’t care. What are you going to do about it?”
Downer tried to ask another question about Tyson’s show, asking whether it was more nerve-racking for him to box or to perform.
“It’s more nerve-racking for me to be here talking to a rat piece of s— like you,” Tyson said in response.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council concluded that in failing to immediately terminate the interview after the first instance of offensive language, CP24 was in breach of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ code of ethics provision regarding the use of profane language during the day.
The CBSC also received five complaints from members of the public that the coarse language used by Tyson was not appropriate for broadcasting during daytime hours when children might be watching.
Have a look at the clip below and ask yourself what would happen to you if you started swearing in a workplace interview whilst undertaking company business. It’s fair to say that whoever was interviewing you might not look quite as nervous as Nathan Downer did knowing that he’s just upset Mike Tyson and is only sat a couple of feet away from him!