Mike Tyson defends Suarez's World Cup bite

Mike Tyson defends Luis Suarez's World Cup bite, says it was done in 'the heat of the moment.'

The bite 'heard round the world: Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez. 

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In a Reddit AMA session on Tuesday, Mike Tyson said he could understand where soccer player Luis Suarez was coming from when the Uruguay star sunk his teeth into a competitor's shoulder during a World Cup match last month.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, as you may remember, infamously bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 fight. 

Holyfield, for his part, responded to Suarez's bite heard 'round the world with this tweet:

But Tyson, who now works as a boxing promoter, largely kept his mouth shut on the incident. Until a Reddit user named Weezilwood posed this question: 

"Hey Champ,

As a former professional athlete that was suspended from boxing after your biting incident, what are your thoughts on Luis Suarez getting suspended from the World Cup for his habit of biting opponents? What drives highly competitive athletes to bite? Is it all instinct? Intimidation? Do you think he got what he should have, with regards to suspension (he's done it THREE times)?"

To which Tyson responded: 

"I think it is just the heat of the moment, really hot blooded and really competitive. The heat of the moment takes over us, we are really competitive and lose bad judgement in our thinking. Sometimes you can just become highly frustrated."

Read Tyson's entire AMA here

H/t SI.com.