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tyson is a muslim, but due to his conditions

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Submitted by king thora (United Kingdom), Feb 17, 2008 at 17:40

listen he is a muslim but he's got an illness that he can't control, Mike Abdal-Aziz Tyson, has been diagnosed with clinical depression for which he takes medication and suffers from a "constellation of neurobehavioral deficits" that include problems with "attention span, memory, reading, spelling and impulse control."

His doctors' reports indicate that it's possibly linked to the severe physical and psychological trauma he suffered as a child (he was often beaten unconscious). All this to say that we shouldn't be poiking fun at his speech idiosyncrasies and certainly shouldn't question the sincerity of his Islam. His actions/words are probably forgiven because of his condition; ours probably aren't.

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