Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson jokingly asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Thursday to talk to President Donald Trump about pardoning him, NBC New York reports.
The two were at a prisoner re-entry conference in Jersey City.
“I haven’t talked to him in many years — and tell him he said he was gonna give me my pardon, so I’m still waiting for my pardon. He said it out of his mouth. So, I’m waiting,” Tyson said, laughing, referencing a 1992 audio conversation between Trump and Tyson.
Trump told Tyson in that exchange, who was convicted of rape, that he did not think the boxer should get prison time.
“I’ll put that on my list for the next phone call,” Christie chuckled back.
Tyson thanked the governor.
“I’ve seen you hanging out with him recently,” Tyson said “You weren’t before, but you’re hanging out with him a lot.”
Christie responded, “Yeah, well that about wraps it up everybody. I didn’t know what I was going to talk to him about next. Now I got it,” Christie laughed. “I got the pardon to work on.”
Tyson was found guilty of raping an 18-year-old woman in 1992 and served less than three years of a six-year sentence in an Indiana prison facility.
Trump was criticized by his opponents during the election for touting Tyson’s support on the campaign trail because of the boxer’s past.