‘He was fucking with me’

For the first time since a viral video showed Mike Tyson throwing punches at an enthusiastic fan on a JetBlue flight last month, the former heavyweight champion has spoken publicly about the incident.

On an April 20 flight, Melvin Townsend III and Tyson got on, as TMZ video showed, and Townsend allegedly threw a water bottle at Tyson. The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office did not file charges.

“They said they weren’t going to press charges,” Tyson said on the most recent episode of his “Hotboxin'” podcast. “He was fucking with me, man. He shouldn’t even be taking public planes. My wife gets mad because I take public planes.”

Tyson, 55, said he took photos with Townsend before the incident. It didn’t sound like he wanted to travel safely or friends to watch her back.

Mike Tyson repeatedly punched a man who allegedly threw a water bottle at him aboard a JetBlue flight last month.
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Mike Tyson and his wife Lakiha in Las Vegas on May 7, 2022.
Mike Tyson and his wife Lakiha in Las Vegas on May 7, 2022.
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“A bodyguard and a fucking yes, man. What am I going to do on a plane? Tyson said.

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