Originally Posted by DamonD
I'm afraid I'm in the school of thought that says Cus at best didn't alleviate Mike's problems, and at worst exacerbated them...he gave Mike an output for his anger, and developed his technique, but he was far more concerned about Mike's glory in the ring than making him into some kind of reformed citizen. He turned a blind eye to the issues Mike was already suffering from, because that made him a better fighter...sadly not a better person.
............Absolutely; let's not forget Tyson hadn't yet hit the pinnacle when Cus died. As mentioned here and by others, Tyson was excused by Cus for a hell of a lot of transgressions, transgressions that would have been blown up and fed upon by the press the more famous Tyson became. He already misbehaved under Cus' tutelage, so what in the world would lead one to believe he would toe the mark with him when the bright lights got hot? He'd have done exactly as he did anyway. Cus or no Cus. D'Amato was a very good trainer, but anyone who says Cus was able to control him is kidding themselves or hasn't done a lot of research.