Mike Tyson, a former boxing champion, was observed hitting a passenger on a plane before it took off from San Francisco International Airport in the United States. According to sources, Tyson became enraged by the man’s constant attempts to converse with him and engaged in a violent brawl. A video of the event, which was initially released by TMZ, quickly went viral on social media.
The event, which occurred in the first-class passenger compartment of a Jet Blue flight destined for Florida, is being investigated by authorities.
Tyson can be seen in the footage going over the back of his seat and repeatedly striking the unidentified man in the head until others interfere.
According to reports, the man was left bleeding.
The man can be seen standing over Tyson’s seat, waving his arms and talking animatedly before the physical altercation, as the former boxer sits peacefully.
The video was being taken by another man.
In an email to The Associated Press, spokespeople for Tyson said, “Unfortunately, Mr Tyson had an issue on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and hurled a water bottle at him while he was in his seat.”
“Officers came and detained two individuals suspected of being involved in the incident.” One person was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the scene. In a statement released Thursday, San Francisco Police said, “That person provided scant specifics of the incident and declined to cooperate further with the police investigation.”
Sarah Burchfield, another aircraft passenger, said she witnessed the man who Tyson punched earlier in an airport bar becoming loud and obnoxious.
Burchfield claimed, “The belligerent guy was sitting just behind him (Tyson), and I saw them engaging.” She said she heard the fight in first class a short time afterwards.
The video was shared with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction over the airport, according to police. According to the police statement, both males were released pending further investigation Mike Tyson.
JetBlue did not immediately reply to a request for more information Mike Tyson.
Mike Tyson, 55, is a retired boxer who has appeared in various films both as himself and as an actor. He’s also a cannabis entrepreneur and a podcaster. According to SFGate, he was in San Francisco for the annual 420 cannabis event in Golden Gate Park, where he was pushing his Tyson 2.0 cannabis brand.
In 1987, at the age of 20, Tyson became the world’s youngest heavyweight champion. He won 50 fights in his career, 44 of them via knockout Mike Tyson. Tyson spent three years in prison after being convicted of rape in the 1990s. In that case, he has maintained his innocence.
After famously biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight in 1997, Tyson was temporarily banned from boxing.