We’ve all had a run-in with people who just get on our nerves. Most of the time, we’re able to damp down the urge to retaliate and walk away. Unfortunately for both Mike Tyson and his fan, this was not how this played out.
The 55-year-old well-known boxer made headlines recently, and not for good reasons. He had apparently repeatedly punched a fellow passenger on a flight when said passenger started bothering him.
The incident took place on Wednesday (20th April) night at the San Francisco airport. Tyson and the other passengers had boarded a flight to Florida, although the plane had yet to take off. At that time, a man and his friend, who were fans of Tyson, noticed the boxing legend. The man shared that Tyson had initially been fairly friendly and tolerant of the other passengers. He’d even gotten a selfie with Tyson.
Things went heated when his friend had been overexcited and kept trying to talk to Tyson, who was sitting behind him. Tyson was patient with his friend, before eventually asking him to “chill”. When his friend continued talking, Tyson apparently got up and threw several punches at his friend’s face and forehead. Someone could be heard telling Tyson to stop in a recorded video. The passenger sitting next to the victim was also trying to stop Tyson’s punches.
Another segment of the video showed the aftermath. The victim could been seen sitting in a chair with a bloodied forehead. “My boy just got beat up by Mike Tyson,” the person filming, presumably the victim’s friend, said. “Yeah, he just got f***ed up. Just trying to ask for an autograph, man, I don’t know what happened.” Tyson had reportedly walked off the plane after the altercation.
The San Francisco Police Department confirmed that two people believed to be involved in the incident were detained. They added that one suspect who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries “provided minimal details of the incident” and “refused to cooperate further with the police investigation”.
Additionally, Tyson supposedly claimed the passenger had harassed him when their conversation turned unruly. He added that the passenger had thrown a water bottle at him as well.
Watch the full video here: